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Suspects flee after driver in stolen van hits 2 pedestrians in Southeast Portland

One of the pedestrians has life-threatening injuries. Police searched for the suspects, who fled near Southeast 26th and Ash, but did not make any arrests.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A pedestrian has life-threatening injuries after a driver in a stolen van crashed into him while evading police, Portland Police said. Another pedestrian was also hurt. 

Multiple suspects ran away from the crash scene at Southeast 26th and Ash, near Central Catholic High School. Police searched for hours Friday evening but did not make any arrests.

Police said at 4:44 p.m. on Friday, someone called to report a stolen box truck van in the area of Southeast 20th and Division Street. Officers responded and deployed spike strips, but the driver did not stop. Officers did not pursue the van, police said, and the driver eventually crashed into another vehicle and the two pedestrians. The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. 

Because one of the pedestrians has life-threatening injuries, the Portland Police Major Crash Team responded to the scene. 

Nearby roads were closed during the investigation on Friday evening.

Credit: KGW

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