Two SE Portland neighborhood groups demand action after woman hit, killed by driver

A woman was struck and killed by a driver last week here at 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. She hasn't yet been identified. (KATU Photo)

Gaurav Razbhandari saw the woman often.

"She was a nice lady. She would get her stuff and then leave the store," said Razbhandari, who works at the 7-Eleven at the corner of 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. He said the woman was a regular customer who was always very sweet.

On Feb. 1, the woman, who has not been identified, was hit and killed while crossing the street.

"Stark is one of the high-crash corridors; it’s one of the worst in the city," said Kem Marks, the director of transportation equity with the Rosewood Initiative.

His group, along with Oregon Walks, will be asking the city of Portland for an emergency ordinance. They want to lower the speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph, and they want more crosswalks and better lighting.

"We are asking for proper funding to fix Stark as well as to do like they did with Southeast Division," said Marks.

The City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance for Southeast Division last year, which allowed the Portland Bureau of Transportation to bypass approval from the Oregon Department of Transportation to lower the speed limits.

Dylan Rivera with PBOT said once that ordinance was approved, crews went out the next day and changed the signs.

Rivera said it's hard to know what the Council will do in this case, but he did say Stark is on the city's list of high-crash corridors and that there are plans for developments, including a bike lane expansion at 122nd.

Razbhandari said he would like to see more crosswalks.

"There are a lot of apartments and kids and people just want to cross the street," he said. Either they have to go all the way on Burnside or come down to Stark Street, so if you could add one more crossing in between, that would help a lot."

The groups will hold a press conference at the corner of 148th and Southeast Stark at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8.

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