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Pedestrian hit, killed by vehicle in SE Portland

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A pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle at Southeast 160th and Stark Street Friday night.

Portland police said reports about the accident came in around 5:44 p.m.

When officers and medical personnel arrived, they found a man in his 70s critically injured at the scene. The man was taken to a local hospital but did not survive his injuries.

Alicia Harris was on her way home from the a nearby store when the crash happened.

“It was bad,” Harris said. “I heard a bunch of people screaming, 'he’s going to get hit he’s going to get hit.'”

That’s when she says the crash happened.

“It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen,” Harris said. "This car just plowed right into this person, the guy flew up into the air a good 10-feet.”

Police said the driver remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

“I’ve never, in all the time I have lived out here I have never seen anything like this,” Harris said.

But nearby neighbors like Ybonne Menefee says this scene plays out too much. She’s lived along Stark for the last three years.

“Since I have lived here, this street between 162nd and 148th has been blocked off, I want to say at least four times," said Menefee

She says even with a flashing cross walk and signs along the street, near misses and close calls continue to happen daily.

“This right here is like riding down the freeway sometimes and it is mostly at night time,” Menefee said.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is investigating the crash.

Southeast Stark Street is closed in both directions at 160th Avenue for the next few hours.

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