PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver is being sought after allegedly hitting and critically injuring a pedestrian in Southeast Portland Wednesday night.
The crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. near the intersection of Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 64th Avenue. Portland police said the 33-year-old woman was found with life-threatening injuries and was rushed to a local hospital.
Authorities said the driver did not remain on the scene. No suspect information was immediately released.
Anyone with information on the collision is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 22-300478.
PPB’s Major Crash Team and Forensic Evidence Division is investigating.
While all of Powell Blvd. is part of the “high crash corridor,” this is the third cycling and pedestrian accident along the road in the last five weeks.
The Major Crash Team sergeant told KOIN 6 News as he arrived on the scene, he noticed how dark the area was — noting even with headlights on, and emergency lights flashing, he was worried about pedestrians stepping out in front of his car.
On Oct. 27, a pedestrian was injured in a hit and run crash along Powell near 29th Ave. During the incident, a man was walking around 9 p.m. when he was struck by a car.
In early October, Portland chef Sarah Pliner was riding her bike on 26th and Powell during the day when she was hit and killed by a semi-truck. Pliner’s death also re-energized calls for safety improvements and for the state to transfer ownership of SE Powell Blvd. to the City of Portland.
Oregon Department of Transportation spokesperson Don Hamilton told KOIN 6 News on Thursday that conversations about transferring ownership are still happening.
“We need to make sure before a transfer takes place, that the road is in good, safe condition. We’re working with the city; we’re working with the legislature on that. That’s gonna happen, but we’re gonna make sure it’s all in good time,” Hamilton said.
On Thursday, ODOT announced they finished installing new school speed signs next to Cleveland High School where Pliner was killed. The agency also recently finished re-striping crosswalks at seven locations along Powell Blvd., including 26th Ave.
In the coming weeks, ODOT says they will be working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation on more safety upgrades including electronic pedestrian walk signals and photo radar enforcement.