A Portland traffic accident left one woman dead and another in critical condition over the weekend, according to a report from local TV station KGW. The Portland fatal accident took place at the corner of SE 80th Street and Foster Boulevard early Sunday evening, according to police.
The TV station, quoting police sources, reported that the two women were hit while crossing the street at a poorly-lit intersection that has a dangerous reputation among area residents. Police say the two women were in a clearly marked crosswalk, but that the driver probably had trouble seeing them in the dark. The driver is reported to be cooperating with police.
An accident like this can give rise both to Oregon wrongful death claims and to Oregon personal injury claims for surviving victim. Consulting with a Portland wrongful death lawyer who is also experienced in Portland personal injury law is essential at the earliest feasible moment after an accident.
KGW reported that the victims in this case were roommates who lived only half a block from the accident scene and were on their way home from a parking lot at the time. The fact that they knew the area well, but still became Portland pedestrian accident victims attests to the dangerous nature of the intersection where the accident occurred.
“Hopefully this will be a wake-up call for the city to do something more about lighting and control in this intersection,” one area resident told KGW after the Oregon fatal pedestrian accident.