SpeedBumpsForChandler aims to slow PDX drivers

A memorial celebrating his life was set up outside the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge

Chris Chandler, 34, was killed in an early morning hit-and-run in SE Portland, Sept. 27, 2015 (Facebook)
Chris Chandler, 34, was killed in an early morning hit-and-run in SE Portland, Sept. 27, 2015 (Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A crowd of more than 100 people gathered outside a SE Portland pub Tuesday evening where a 34-year-old was recently killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Chris Chandler was killed at the intersection of SE Stark and 29th on September 27. Witnesses said he was helping a friend carry band gear from the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge when he was hit by a car.

Over 100 people gathered in SE Portland Tuesday night to honor Chris Chandler's life and push for legislation to slow drivers. (KOIN)
Over 100 people gathered in SE Portland Tuesday night to honor Chris Chandler’s life and push for legislation to slow drivers. (KOIN)

The next day, a 20-year-old was arrested and charged in connection with the crime.

In the wake of his death, Chandler’s friends started SpeedBumpsForChandler, a website dedicated to finding solutions on how to slow drivers in the area where he was fatally hit.

“You need to slow down and open your eyes,” Alissa Blum told KOIN 6 News. “He was the kindest, brightest, sparkliest person.”

Stark Street was filled with people and music on Tuesday night, as Chandler’s supporters marched in his honor.

A memorial celebrating his life was set up outside the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge.

Over 100 people gathered in SE Portland Tuesday night to honor Chris Chandler's life and push for legislation to slow drivers. (KOIN)
Over 100 people gathered in SE Portland Tuesday night to honor Chris Chandler’s life and push for legislation to slow drivers. (KOIN)

“It’s just a representation of our family,” Chandler’s friend Kristi Nelson said. “Everyone here is family.”

Chandler’s loved ones hope SpeedBumpsForChandler will protect others from being victims of similar incidents in the future.

“We need something bigger and better for Chris,” Blum said. “We need to push for legislature for traffic calming devices outside of venues.”

The group hopes to implement speed bumps, stop signs, a stoplight or something similar along the busy stretch of SE Stark Street to slow drivers down.

“It could have been any one of us standing on the road that night,” Nelson said.

 

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