Police: Speed and intoxication a factor in fatal crash; 12-year-old among those killed

Portland firefighters and police on the scene of a crash that killed at least two people and injured several at Northeast 15th Avenue and Lombard Monday night. (Photo: Catherine Van/KATU News)

Portland Police say excessive speeding and intoxication were factors in a horrific crash Monday night that left two people dead and four others hospitalized.

Police say the driver of a Toyota Camry was traveling westbound on NE Lombard at a high rate of speed when it crashed into a F-350 pick-up truck traveling eastbound on Lombard around 9 p.m.

The crash caused "catastrophic damage" to both cars.

Two people were found dead at the scene, including a 12-year-old girl from Scappoose, Ore. who was in the pick-up truck. The other person has not been identified. Their deaths mark the 30th and 31st traffic-related deaths in Portland so far this year.

Daniel Bailey lives on the corner of NE Lombard and 15th Avenue and heard the crash. When he walked outside, he saw one of the victims, who he says was thrown about 30 feet from the scene of the crash.

“This is the worst accident I have seen since I've been here,” Bailey said.

Another neighbor, Jeffrey Barnett, ran to the scene before first responders got there. He tried to help save the 12-year-old girl's life.

“I felt her pulse and she was breathing... she had a shallow pulse,” Barnett said.

He held her hand as they waited for an ambulance.

“I sat there and comforted her. The auntie just kept yelling, ‘My niece, my niece, promise me she’s going to be okay,” Barnett said. “We tried to assure her that she’s going to be just fine ... [later they said,] 'She's too far gone.'"

A small memorial was created Tuesday afternoon for the two people who died.

“It’s really sad, especially when someone gets killed like that little girl or that guy in that car,” Bailey said.

Barnett said he's not surprised excessive speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

“I’ve lived here 20 years and there are lots of accidents,” Barnett said. “[Drivers in this area] are in a hurry to go nowhere."

Neighbors say they wish the city would make some changes to Lombard before anyone else dies.

If you have any information about this crash, you're asked to call police.

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