PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman riding a motorized scooter was killed after being struck by a car near the Wilkes neighborhood early Saturday.
Officers with the Portland Police Bureau responded to a report of a crash at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 149th Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Upon their arrival, officers found the body of a woman who had suffered fatal injuries from the crash.
A bystander remained at the scene but investigators learned the person was not involved in the crash. PPB said the vehicle that struck the woman fled the scene.
Police said the woman was operating a Lime electric scooter when she was struck. They believe the driver who hit her took off.
Anyone has any information about the crash, the suspect vehicle, or who saw anything immediately preceding it, is urged to contact police.
“If anybody saw anything in this area about the time of the crash, if they saw the rider of the scooter maybe shortly before, it might help us build a timeline into what happened, we really want to hear from you,” said Portland Police Sgt. Kevin Allen.
On Sunday, PPB identified the woman as 32-year-old Meagann McComb of Portland.
PPB said Saturday morning’s deadly crash was the 26th of the year for Portland, which is a 100% increase over this time last year. Last year was a three-decade high for fatal crashes despite COVID reducing roadway traffic, police said.
“Last year was the deadliest on Portland roadways … in three decades,” Allen said. “That was shocking enough but the fact that we’ve now doubled that year to date is a terrifying prospect.”
PBOT spokesperson John Brady said many of the fatalities this year involved excessive speed and drivers hitting stationary objects.
“There was a fatality on NE Sandy two days ago and the driver was probably going in excess of 80 miles per hour and also hit a pole,” he said.
Some areas of the city are impacted more than others.
“East Portland is more dangerous, that the likelihood of being in a fatal crash is higher for residents of East Portland than it is for the rest of the city,” Brady said.