Name released of pedestrian hit by SUV on SE Powell; 5th traffic fatality of year, police say

Intersection of Southeast Foster and Southeast Powell
Intersection of Southeast Foster and Southeast Powell(KPTV)
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 5:17 AM PST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Police have released the name of a man who died after he was hit by a SUV in southeast Portland on Tuesday night, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

On Saturday, police said the pedestrian was identified as 59-year-old John P. Czarobski. Czarobski was the fifth traffic fatality of 2023 and the third involving a pedestrian, police said.

At about 10:13 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a person hit by a car on Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southeast Foster Road. Police said Czarobski was declared dead at the scene.

The man driving the involved vehicle, a 2007 Mitsubishi Endeavor, remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, police said.

The Major Crash Team is leading the investigation. Southeast Powell Boulevard was closed for several hours between Southeast 49th Avenue and Southeast 51st Avenue during the investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-22696.

This is the second deadly crash in two days involving a pedestrian in Portland. The first crash happened early Monday morning on Southeast Holgate at Southeast 92nd.

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Both of the crashes occurred on “high crash corridors,” which are areas in the city that see the most deadly crashes.