A man was killed on Friday morning after intentionally stepping out in front of a moving semi truck in Portland, police have concluded.
The incident happened on March 25th in Portland, Oregon at Northeast Marine Drive and 148th Avenue around 11:45 a.m.
According to KGW 8 News, the 34-year-old Portland man has spoken with officers a short time before his death as officers conducted a welfare check. They had been called to check on the man after reports that he had been walking on the side of the road in and out of traffic.
“Officers tried to offer him help but he was uncooperative,” the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said in a statement. “There was no indication that he was suicidal and the officers had no lawful reason to detain him. They watched him for about 15 minutes from a distance to make sure he was safe before clearing.”
A short time later, the man jumped into the path of an oncoming semi truck and the driver was unable to avoid a collision. The crash temporarily shut down a portion of Northeast Marine Drive between Northeast 148th and 152nd Avenues as the Portland Police Major Crash Team investigated. No citations have been issued and no arrests have been made in connection to the incident.