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Street Racing Crash on North Marine Drive Leaves Three People Injured Late Sunday Night
On Sunday, June 17, 2018, at 11:29 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 6300 hundred block of North Marine Drive on the report of a traffic crash associated with a street racing event.
Officers arrived at the scene and learned two vehicles had collided. Officers learned a black Ford Mustang was traveling eastbound on North Marine Drive at a high rate of speed when it crashed into a silver Chevrolet Malibu that turned from westbound North Marine Drive south into a parking lot.
All three occupants of the Chevrolet Malibu were transported by ambulances to area hospitals for treatment of what were believed to be serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the Ford Mustang received medical treatment at the scene but refused to be transported to the hospital by ambulance.
The driver of the Ford Mustang was identified as 21-year-old Misael Albarran-Salazar. Because of possible injuries suffered during the crash, Albarran-Salazar was cited and released. He was cited for Reckless Driving, Careless Driving and Speed Racing.
The Ford Mustang was towed from the scene and seized as evidence. The Chevrolet Malibu was also towed from the scene. Anyone who witnessed this crash or has information about this speed racing event should contact the Portland Police Bureau at 503-823-3333.
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/
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.