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Man Killed in Portland Pedestrian Accident

Date: March 26, 2011
Location: Southeast 82nd Ave and Mill St, Portland
Names: Yeung Ma, Luan Le

Portland police are seeking the public’s help in piecing together what happened to a man who was killed by a car while he walked on a sidewalk.

At about 11:10am on Saturday, March 26, 2011 police rushed to the intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Mill Street when they received a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a car.

Officers found that Yeung Ma, age 72, had been walking north on the sidewalk on the east side of 82nd Avenue when Luan Le, age 60, drove his 1997 Acura Integra onto the sidewalk and struck Ma. Le had been making a right turn onto 82nd when his car accelerated, jumped onto the sidewalk and struck Ma, a parking pole and a tree.

Ma was transported to an area hospital where he later died. Le remained at the scene and cooperated with the police investigation. No charges had been filed. Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident contact Officer Barry Busse at 503-823-2216.

We are saddened by the sudden and unexpected death of Mr. Ma, who reportedly was not bothering anyone as he simply walked on the sidewalk. We hope that his family will receive the support that they need in the difficult days ahead.

Remember that in a car vs. pedestrian crash, the pedestrian always loses, even if they are not found to be at fault. Drivers owe it to pedestrians to be alert – car is bigger, heavier, and going faster than the pedestrian. Even if the law is on the side of the pedestrian, that can’t prevent a driver from injuring, or possibly, killing them in an accident. An experienced Portland personal injury attorney can help with the investigation into the accident, and can expedite settlements with insurance companies that can make the aftermath of a tragic accident less burdensome to the family of the victim.