UPDATE: Deceased Person Identified in April 20th Major Crash Team Investigation

Portland Police Bureau - 05/01/18 

The person who died after jumping from the Northeast Broadway overpass at Interstate 5 and was then struck by a vehicle on Friday, April 20, 2018, has been identified as 42-year-old Eric J. Griffen.

Members of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office continue an investigation into the cause of Griffen's death.

This was the thirteenth fatal traffic crash investigated by the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team in 2018.



On Friday, April 20, 2018, at 8:49 p.m., North and Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a person struck by a vehicle on northbound Interstate 5 at Northeast Broadway.

Officers and emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and located an adult male lying on northbound Interstate 5 near the Northeast Broadway overpass. Emergency medical responders determined the man was deceased.

Based on information learned in the preliminary investigation, officers believe the deceased male jumped from the Northeast Broadway overpass, landed on Interstate 5 and was struck by a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that struck the deceased male has contacted officers and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to lead this fatal crash investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division are also responding to assist with this investigation.

During this crash investigation, northbound Interstate 5 north of exit 302A will be closed. This closure is expected to remain in place for the next four to five hours.

This investigation is ongoing. No additional information is expected to be provided regarding this crash this evening.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division at 503-823-2103.