Driver in stolen car dies after hitting multiple parked cars in SE Portland

Published: Jan. 1, 2023 at 8:39 AM PST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - A driver died after crashing a stolen car into multiple parked vehicles in southeast Portland early Sunday morning, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

PPB said just after 12:30 a.m., officers responded to a crash in the 2600 block of Southeast 125th Avenue. When they arrived, they found multiple smashed cars, and the driver dead.

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A neighboring family, coming home around 3 a.m. after celebrating the new year at church, said their street was blocked off by the police investigation and they had to wait for hours before being allowed through.

“It was huge, outrageous thing,” a member of the family said.

The two parked cars the driver smashed into, a red Toyota Corolla and a silver Toyota Camry, are owned by a brother and sister.

The sister who was home at the time heard the crash: the roar of an engine and exploding glass - too loud to be fireworks. Her brother said he plans to scrap his car, saying it was totaled and unfixable.

The driver has not been identified and a cause of the crash has not been released, but neighbors said they think speed was involved.

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“From that kind of damage, the driver was driving like super fast,” the neighbor said. ”Really, really, fast. It was reckless driving.”

The neighbor also said people often drive far too fast down their road and he’d like for the city to install speedbumps.

Police said the major crash team is investigating. Anyone with any information is asked to contact and reference case number 23-47.