PORTLAND -- A passenger was killed and a driver had to be cut out after a vehicle hit a tree early Friday morning on Southwest Barbur Boulevard.
Rescue crews were dispatched about 3 a.m. to Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest Miles Street after reports of a crash. They found 28-year-old Dmitriy Maksimov dead in the car.
The driver, 29-year-old Audy Molina-Colindres, was trapped inside.
Portland Fire & Rescue crews were able to remove Molina-Colindres, who was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later taken into police custody on manslaughter, reckless driving and DUII charges.
Investigators believe the vehicle was heading south on Southwest Barbur Boulevard when Molina-Colindres lost control, crossed the median into northbound lanes and smashed into the tree, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.
Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Barbur Boulevard was temporarily shut down between Terwilliger Boulevard and Capitol Highway while the crash was being investigated. Southbound lanes were reopened about 6:45 a.m. and northbound lanes were reopened about 8:30 a.m.
Friday's crash marks the 35th traffic-related death this year, Simpson said.
A crash at the same intersection last month killed 55-year-old Debra Maymi. There were 129 crashes reported along the same two-mile stretch of Barbur Boulevard between 2008 and 2012.
Friday's crash was the fourth death along the stretch of roadway since 2011. Steve Graham is a pastor at PDX Church and has had a front-row seat to all off the crashes.
"It's a challenging area. I know ODOT's been talking about what could they do and it's a difficult thing to say. What could decrease that? How could we reduce the loss of life?" Graham wondered.
The Oregon Department of Transportation designated Barbur Boulevard a "High Crash Corridor" and it has long been the focus of city planners and study groups.
An earlier version of this story said the passenger was ejected from the vehicle. The Portland Police Bureau corrected its information to say the passenger was not ejected. This story has been updated to reflect the change.