MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A motorcyclist was killed on Highway 26 near Boring Thursday afternoon when he was hit by an SUV that turned out in front of him.
Multnomah County deputies say the motorcyclist, whose name has not been released, was heading west on the highway when the driver of the SUV heading south on Stone Road pulled out to make a left turn onto eastbound Highway 26 and hit him.
Deputies say the driver of the SUV stayed at the scene and is cooperating. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team is investigating.
People who live near the intersection say crashes happen there all the time and they’ve been advocating for safety changes for years, but feel like nothing is being done.
Katrina Rivers and her family are among them.
“My father started asking for a [stop] light back in the 80’s and he was told no way back then,” Rivers said.
She lives near the corner and actually heard Thursday’s crash.
“I was just out in the yard doing some yard work and I heard a sound. It wasn’t like a regular car accident – it was like someone hitting a car,” she said.
She told FOX 12 it’s hard to keep count of all the crashes at that intersection.
Two months ago, a driver had to be airlifted to OHSU after a traffic crash there.
Almost exactly two years ago, a woman was killed when she pulled onto the highway from Stone Road and was hit by a car.
They’re only two examples, and Rivers says there are many others.
“One month we had three accidents down there, and then there was nothing for a couple of months and then there were another three,” she said. “People just kind of gun it and go right out in front of people. They do it all the time. You can be out here working [in the yard] and you hear screeching and horns all the time.”
She said the problem was only made worse when the highway was reconfigured a few years ago and the center lane was removed.
She said her family has been told that because it’s a highway a stoplight can only be put in if there are a certain number of fatalities in a given span of time.
But any fix would likely take a partnership between agencies; while the highway falls under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Stone Road falls under the jurisdiction of Multnomah County.
FOX 12 reached out to both agencies after business hours Thursday and will update the story as we get more information.
“It’s not acceptable anymore. I think one death is too many. Now we’ve had several,” Rivers added. “We stand on the hill together and we say prayers for people. That’s all you can do.”
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