At 6:29 p.m., police responded to the 2000 block of Southeast 96th Avenue on the report of a traffic crash involving two drivers. One person was reported to be down in the roadway.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and learned that the driver of a 2011 Studebaker kit truck, 57-year-old Daniel Lee Wescott, crashed into an unoccupied parked car and was ejected from the vehicle.
"Traffic investigators learned that Wescott was driving northbound on 96th Avenue from Division Street at a high rate of speed, swerving and spinning his tires," said Portland police Sgt, Pete Simpson. "Just prior to the crash, Wescott made a sweeping turn towards the east curb line and struck a parked 1980 Volvo."
Medical efforts to save Wescott were not successful and he died at the scene. His passenger, 44-year-old Mary Ann Heuer, suffered an ankle injury.
Then at 7:55 p.m., police were called to the report of a driver striking a tree in the median of Northeast Airport Way, in the 13000 block.
Officers and medical personnel found a 41-year-old woman dead outside the vehicle. Officers learned that she was a passenger in the vehicle and had been pulled out by passersby when the vehicle caught fire. A good Samaritan extinguished the fire and others attempted CPR on the woman but were unsuccessful.
The driver of that vehicle, 45-year-old Lonny Burton, was taken by ambulance to a Portland hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.
"Investigators learned that Burton was driving westbound on Airport Way and failed to follow the curvature of the roadway, striking a tree," Simpson said. "Burton did not display any signs of impairment or distracted driving."
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