Driver identified in deadly crash into ambulance

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by kgw.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 21 at 9:21 AM

PORTLAND – An SUV crashed into an ambulance crew treating a patient in East Portland early Thursday morning, killing the driver and injuring a paramedic and a patient, police said.

The crash occurred just before 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of East Burnside Street and 102nd Avenue.

Lt. Kelli Sheffer with the Portland Police Bureau said the paramedics were loading a man with breathing problems into their ambulance on an unrelated medical call near the MAX platform when the SUV hit them. Police said the patient, 51-year-old Wesley Poston, was ejected and paramedic Melyssa Marchesi was knocked around inside the ambulance during the crash.

The 34-year-old female driver of the SUV died at the scene.

Marchesi and Poston were injured in the crash, but not critically, police said.

Another paramedic, Sean Shanahan, had been standing at the rear of the ambulance. He was brushed by the SUV but not hurt.

Witnesses said the SUV, a Kia Sportage, looked like it was speeding more than 70 miles an hour when it hit the ambulance, shoving the heavy vehicle up the curb.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to get the driver out of her SUV but she could not be saved, police said.

The intersection of East Burnside and 102nd Avenue was closed during the investigation but re-opened just before 7 a.m. Names have not yet been released.

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