PORTLAND, Oregon - The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team (MCT) continues to investigate a fatal two vehicle crash that occurred on Saturday November 4, 2017, on the St. Johns Bridge.
Based on information learned during the preliminary investigation, officers believe the driver of a white Kia Optima drove west across the St. Johns Bridge at a high rate of speed and failed to stop for a red light at the intersection of Northwest St. Johns Bridge and Northwest Bridge Avenue. At the same time the Optima failed to stop for a red light, a Ford F-150 arrived at a green light at the intersection and turned westbound onto the St Johns Bridge from Northwest Bridge Avenue. The Optima collided with the F-150, causing the F-150 to roll off the roadway and come to a stop on the truck's roof.
The two occupants of the F-150 were transported to an area hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency medical personnel determined the driver of the Optima was deceased at the scene of the crash.
The motorist killed Saturday evening on the St. Johns Bridge in a two vehicle crash has been identified as 71-year-old John B. Crook of Keizer.
Crook's death is the 41st traffic related fatality in Portland in 2017.
Speed is believed to be a factor in this crash.
This is the 40th traffic crash fatality investigated by the Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team in 2017.
The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Traffic Investigation Unit asks anyone with information to contact 503-823-2103.
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On Saturday November 4, 2017, at 9:04 p.m., North Precinct, Central Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the report of a traffic crash involving two vehicles near the St. Johns Bridge.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located two vehicles that were involved in the crash. Two of the people involved in the crash were transported to an area hospital by ambulance with what are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Emergency medical personnel determined a third person, located in a second vehicle, was deceased.
The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to investigate this crash.
The St. Johns Bridge and Southwest Bridge Avenue will be closed during this investigation.
This investigation is just beginning. No additional information will be provided regarding this crash tonight.
The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.
To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390