Traffic crashes take deadly holiday toll in Portland

Portland Police: Traffic crashes and fatalities are preventable

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The 2017 Fourth of July holiday weekend is going down as one of the deadliest in recent memories, according to police.

Since Friday, four people have died and others have been injured in traffic related crashes.

One person died in a 3-vehicle crash along NE Marine Drive at 148th Avenue, June 30, 2017 (KOIN)
One person died in a 3-vehicle crash along NE Marine Drive at 148th Avenue, June 30, 2017 (KOIN)

The first happened Friday, June 30 when officers responded to the area of NE 148th Avenue and Marine Drive. When they arrived, they learned 62-year-old Steven Ray Tomlinson of Camas, Washington had died after he began turning westbound on Marine Drive from 148th Avenue when he was struck by 69-year-old Richard Ramsay of La Pine, Oregon, driving a 2015 Max Semi tractor trailer.

Ramsay was driving eastbound on Marine Drive.

The case is being reviewed by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. No criminal charges have been filed.

On Saturday July 1, 2017 East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 122nd Avenue near Liebe Street.

They found 24-year-old Hussain Ahmed Alhamzah of Southeast Portland badly injured. He was rushed to a local hospital where he later died. Police said it appear that Alhamzah was exiting his vehicle when he was struck.

The driver, 35-year-old Fernando Cuevas Jr. of Vancouver, Washington, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of hit and run and reckless driving.

Cuevas told KOIN 6 News Monday he made a bad decision to leave the scene. He said he panicked.

The DA’s Office on Monday upped the charges against Cuevas at his court appearance and charged him with criminally negligent homicide. Officials said their investigation is ongoing and would like to hear from anyone who knows anything about Cuevas’ driving past and behavior.

A man died after crashing into a parked car on SE 96th Avenue, July 3, 2017. (KOIN)

On Monday, July 3 police responded to the area of Southeast 96th and Southeast Lincoln Street on reports of a crash involving a moving vehicle and a parked vehicle.

The driver of the moving vehicle was killed. His passenger was not hurt. The parked vehicle was unoccupied.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday July 3, 2017 police responded to the area of Northeast Airport Way and Northeast 138th and reports of a crash..

A passenger was killed after a car crashed into a tree on NE Airport Way, July 3, 2017. (KOIN)

Officers and medical personnel arrived to find the crash scene and one person deceased outside the vehicle. Officers learned that the deceased was a passenger in the vehicle and was pulled out by passersby due to the vehicle being on fire. A Good Samaritan extinguished the fire and others attempted CPR on the passenger but were unsuccessful.

The driver was transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital by ambulance with injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. The driver has not been charged.

Then at 10:24 p.m. on Monday officers responded to Southeast 122nd Avenue and Woodward Place on the report that a pedestrian had been struck by a driver.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and found a 23-year-old man suffering from traumatic injuries. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, but he later died.

The involved driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. That driver, Eric Oman, 55, was later arrested for DUII.