PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three days after an elderly woman was killed while crossing SE Division at SE 156th, in a crosswalk, the city of Portland announced it will install a Rapid Flashing Beacon at the site.
According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation Facebook page, crews were at the intersection marking the road for the temporary beacon to be installed. It should be functioning by January 25, weather permitting.
Crews also installed a new LED street light on the south side of the crossing.
The woman, in her 80s, was killed Tuesday when a 61-year-old woman driving westbound on Division in her blue Honda SUV struck the victim, who was riding a motorized scooter southbound across Division, in a crosswalk.
The intersection at SE Division and 156th is no stranger to crashes. Local residents tell KOIN it is notorious for being dangerous.
Between 2003 – 2013, there were two deadly crashes at the intersection. 32 people have been injured in other incidents, however.
“People just go too fast here,” Mike Patrick, a resident of the neighborhood tells KOIN. His son Cody was injured in the intersection while crossing in 2007.
Mike Patrick thinks the city needs to increase lighting around the intersection. “Drivers need to be more aware and give the pedestrians the right of way and the pedestrian needs to be aware that these drivers are not going to always be courteous and kind.”
“It’s too much. I don’t want to turn on the news and you know the next day hear about another person that was hit and killed or something on Division,” Cody Patrick says.