UPDATE • Witnesses saw vehicle run head-on into police car
A Portland police officer was involved in an traffic accident that injured a woman late Sunday night.
Officer Thomas Clark, a two-year veteran, is in good condition in an area hospital. Police say he was on the way to a disturbance call when the accident occurred.
Milwaukie resident Marinela Stothoff, 43, was thrown from her vehicle and is in serious condition in an area hospital. Police say she was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
According to the police, East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash in the area of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street around 11:33 p.m. They found a woman lying some distance from a damaged red Toyota and a badly damaged police car with the officer still inside.
Investigators have learned that the patrol car was traveling eastbound on Southeast Stark Street crossing 122nd Avenue when it was struck by a car being driven by Stothoff that was traveling southbound on 122nd. She was ejected from the vehicle. The police car came to rest in a parking lot on the southeast corner of 122nd and Stark Street.
Witnesses told Fox 12 that the police car had its lights and siren on before the crash. They saw it slow down as it approached the intersection.
"A small little red car just hit him head on, like they didn't even see it coming," said Crystal Wilson. "It was just awful. I mean I've never, ever, ever seen a car accident like that in my life. It was terrible."
"We heard a great big crash, boom," said Claudia Percy, who lives nearby. "We heard sirens right away. So we were shocked."
The incident is under investigation by the Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division Major Crash Team.
Fox 12 contributed to this new story.