A second person has been hit while walking on SE Division today and is currently in critical condition. From the police:
At approximately 1:49 p.m., Portland Police responded to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 17000 Block of Southeast Division Street. Officers and medical personnel arrived and found a 47-year-old female suffering from life-threatening injuries.
Investigators have learned that the victim was walking southbound across Southeast Division Street when she was struck by a 2002 Dodge Pickup traveling eastbound on Southeast Division Street. The driver of the pickup, a 42-year-old male, is cooperating with investigators and has not shown any signs of impairment.
These kind of injuries and fatalities are not a something we should just accept as the cost of doing business on our streets.
Less than a month after the last death of someone trying to cross the street in Portland, another pedestrian has been killed—this time by a hit-and-run on SE Division and 126th at about midnight.
Witnesses told police they saw a black car, maybe a Mercedes Benz, hit 38-year-old Rance Lamb, and then flee the scene "at a high rate of speed." Witnesses say the driver was a white female maybe in her twenties.
One important detail from this is that witnesses say Lamb was crossing the street, in the westbound lane and nearly across when he was struck. Division is a massively wide street, with two lanes in each direction, plus a turning lane, plus two bike lanes, plus two parking lanes. Crossing the streets means scampering across all those lanes.
Anyway, many condolences to Lamb's family. Police are asking that if anyone has any additional information about this hit and run driver or vehicle to contact Officer Kurronen from the Traffic Division at 503 823-2208.