Police: Reckless driver kills Gresham man on Highway 26 - KPTV - FOX 12

Police: Reckless driver kills Gresham man on Highway 26

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

Police say a reckless driver racing over 100 miles per hour lost control of his car and crashed into oncoming traffic, killing a Gresham man.

It happened just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the intersection of Highway 26 and Southeast Hillyard.

Police say from as far east as Sandy, Sun Bear Raven of Gresham was driving recklessly down Highway 26.

Police received several reports about Raven's driving, and at one point, an officer monitoring traffic saw the car pass him and tried to follow him.

But, but before he could catch up, the driver crashed into a 2008 Mazda, killing its driver Donald Bard, 54.

"One driver was off on side of road, and there was smoke coming from the car, the car was in pieces everywhere, the engine of the other vehicle was hundreds of feet away, it was totally obliterated," said witness Kyle Frame.

As officers arrived, Raven's Mercedes caught fire.

Several bystanders along with police reportedly forced their way into the car, to pull Raven out of the burning vehicle.

Police say that an officer cut his hands breaking the glass to get to Raven, but he's expected to be OK.

Neighbors say this particular intersection is known for its blind spots, and they think Bard never even knew Raven was around the corner.

"I'm sure the driver that was hit was doing everything right and saw it was clear, so he pulled out. But, if the other driver was going 100 plus, there's no way he would have seen him coming," said Frame.

Raven was taken to the hospital in serious condition, he has not yet officially been charged in this case.

FOX 12 has learned Raven was driving with a suspended license for a variety of traffic crimes including DUII.

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