A person was killed today after being involved in a traffic collision.
Details are still coming in, but so far we know that the deceased was a 17-year-old man and the other party in the collision was a person driving a Dodge Dakota pickup. The incident happened just before 4:00 pm today on SE Center a few blocks east of 141st Avenue (map).
Center is a low-volume neighborhood street with speed bumps and it’s a popular east-west bicycle route in the area.
According to the city’s Vision Zero crash map, there were zero reported bike collisions on this stretch of Center during the 2004-2013 period.
According to the Portland Police, the driver of the motor vehicle has been detained and their Major Crash Team is still on the scene conducting an investigation.
This is the first bicycle fatality of 2016. There were two fatal bicycle crashes all of last year.
We’ll update this story as we know more.
UPDATE, 8:30 am on March 20th: Police have finished their initial investigation and they’ve arrested 55-year-old Franklin Drobny for Reckless Driving, DUII and Manslaughter II. He has been lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.
UPDATE: There was another fatal crash involving a vulnerable roadway user last night. A 58-year-old man was struck and killed by a motor vehicle operator while trying to cross NE Cully at Mason. The police have arrested the driver for Reckless Driving, DUII and Manslaughter II. More from Police here.
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