Risky SE Portland crosswalk scene of hit-and-run

Risky SE Portland crosswalk scene of hit-and-run

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 11 at 1:31 PM

PORTLAND -- One night after a 22-year-old man was critically injured in a hit-and-run on Southeast Powell Boulevard, neighbors wonder how many people need to get hurt before something changes.

People around Southeast 31st Street say it is too hard to see pedestrians in the crosswalk. Pedestrians consistently have trouble crossing the busy boulevard.

KGW shot video of pedestrians trying to make it across in the marked crosswalk, but many cars did not stop. One man carefully tried to and when he finally caught a break, he booked it across the road. He was not being overly cautious.

Just about 24 hours earlier, a car hit a 22-year-old man in the exact same place and didn't even bother to stop.

Background: Man critically injured in SE Portland hit-and-run

“Yes, it’s awful. It’s awful. But as I said, I’m not surprised,” said Helena Grotte.

She's lived in the neighborhood long enough to know the spot has a dangerous history. Three years ago, in the same place, a driver hit and killed a 61-year-old woman.

Israel Tores was working when the fatal crash happened just steps away from the food truck he runs.

“I would like to see at least a flash light, one of those blinking lights,” he said. “We have seen so many accidents. We know what can happen. There was one week I’ve seen three, one after another.”

“Were studying Powell were studying a lot of roads going through the city to see where there are safety problems to see where we can allocate our resources to make these roads safer,” said Don Hamilton with the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Until then pedestrians make a risky run for it.

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KGW reporter Reggie Aqui contributed to this report.

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