PORTLAND -- Oregon and Portland officials will soon take a look at sidewalk safety, spurred partly by a deadly accident in Southeast Portland in February.
A 5-year-old girl was struck and killed while crossing Southeast 136th Avenue at Ellis Street, an area with no sidewalks and very few crosswalks.
Background: Child struck and killed in SE Portland
Mayor Charlie Hales released a statement after the crash, saying safety throughout the city will be his first priority.
“I have been at work fewer than 60 days, and so far the city of Portland has experienced eight automobile-related fatalities, four of which were pedestrian deaths,” he said at the time.
Hales planned to hold a press conference Wednesday.
Lawmakers plan to look at ways to make improvements including sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic lights.