Driver hits pole near Broadway Bridge, dies

Speed considered factor in crash

A driver died Thursday July 13, 2017 when he crashed into a pole in North Portland. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police on Thursday morning are investigating the 19th traffic fatality in the Rose City so far this year.

A driver died Thursday July 13, 2017 when he crashed into a pole in North Portland.
A driver died Thursday July 13, 2017 when he crashed into a pole in North Portland. (KOIN)

Sgt. Chris Burley, a police spokesperson, said officers responded at 12:48 a.m. to a traffic crash involving a driver striking a pole near the intersection of North Broadway and North Benton Avenue.

When crews got on scene, they found 33-year-old Justin Thomas Hauser of Vancouver. Fire and medical personnel pulled him from the vehicle but he died at the scene.

“This is a single vehicle crash into a pole and speed is believed to be a factor,” according to Burley.

Police had the vehicle towed around 4 a.m. and Northeast Broadway was re-opened shortly thereafter.

“Traffic fatalities are preventable. 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,” the bureau said in a prepared statement.