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Street Racing Crash on North Marine Drive Leaves One Person Injured Late Sunday Night
On Sunday May 6, 2018, at 10:01 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the North Marine Drive and Leadbetter Road on the report of a traffic crash during a street racing event. As officers were responding to the scene they received additional information that one of the involved drivers was injured and had been taken away from the scene in a private vehicle. Eventually that driver arrived at a Portland hospital for treatment to a non-life-threatening injury.
Officers arrived at the scene and learned that two drivers were driving at a high rate of speed westbound on Marine Drive when one driver turned into the other, leading to the crash. Both vehicles were towed from the scene and the cause of the crash remains under investigation. Investigators believe that numerous witnesses left the area prior to police arrival and that the crash occurred during an organized street racing event.
The Portland Police Bureau would like the community to know that street racing can be very dangerous and is also illegal. Drivers participating in the racing or assisting by blocking traffic on the roadway can be arrested and charged with a variety of crimes -- both misdemeanor and felony.
Street racing have contributed to several traffic deaths over the past few years, including:
December 4, 2015, 65-year-old Linda Johnston was killed when two motorcycle riders engaged in a race crashed into her car at Southeast 160th Avenue and Stark Street. Both riders were arrested and sentenced to prison.
January 23, 2016, 20-year-old Nick Alexandar Chernyavskiy died after crashing his motorcycle while racing another motorcycle rider on Northeast Airport Way near 145th Avenue.
March 6, 2016, 26-year-old Alexander Keppinger was critically injured in a crash on Northeast Glisan Street near 139th Avenue involving two drivers racing. Keppinger died a few weeks later.
April 21, 2017, 19-year-old Daniel Kharlamov died after a high-speed crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard near 37th Avenue.
Drivers who seek to race their cars or motorcycles are encouraged to find a safer, legal alternative to blocking public roadways and putting themselves and others a risk of personal injury. Several opportunities exist at the Portland International Raceway for drivers interested in using the track. For more information, please visit http://portlandraceway.com/