PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police said a man who was lying on the sidewalk was killed Friday evening after being run over by a utility truck in Southeast Portland.
The crash was first reported just before 7:30 p.m. and officers rushed to the scene at a 7-Eleven on the corner of SE 17th Ave and SE Tacoma St in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.
Portland police said the man did not survive the crash and was declared dead at the scene. Witnesses said that EMTs worked on the victim for about 20 minutes and said it looked like he had a severe head injury.
Phoebe Janis said she knew the victim as a regular at the 7-Eleven. She saw the collision happen and said it was a tragic scene.
“He usually sits at the store, eats at the corner of the store there,” said Janis. “And I think that’s what I think he was doing was sitting there, and I don’t think he was seen, and the truck pulled in and hit him.”
Authorities have not released the name of the victim, but people familiar with him told KOIN 6 News that he was a friendly guy who was liked by others.
The truck driver remained at the scene, said police. It’s not clear what the driver of the utility truck was doing at the time of the crash. Police did not identify the driver involved.
According to Janis, traffic in this area is typically bad, especially with ongoing construction.
Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team is now leading the investigation. A portion of SE 17th Ave was closed while authorities investigated the crash, but has since been reopened to traffic.
This is a developing story.
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