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Lake Oswego man dies in Monday evening crash

by: Jack Voelkel, Michael Joe Kargman died after his Nissan Sentra struck a parked pickup truck Monday evening near the intersection of Cornell Avenue and Hemlock Street.

A 27-year-old Lake Oswego man was killed Monday after his Nissan Sentra struck a parked pickup truck just off Hemlock Street near its intersection with Cornell Avenue.

The crash occurred at about 8:48 p.m. Police say the driver, Michael Joe Kargman, was driving down Cornell Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle. The car crossed Hemlock at Cornell and struck an 1985 Chevy pickup on a parking strip on the opposite side of the road. Traffic was backed up along nearby McVey Avenue in both directions while police investigated.

There were no passengers in the single-vehicle crash and no other injuries were reported.

Capt. Don Forman of the Lake Oswego Police said officers were still investigating the crash Wednesday. So far there is no indication that alcohol or drugs played a role.

'It doesn't appear that this vehicle was being operated in a safe manner by the driver,' Forman said.

Police are interviewing witnesses who may have seen the car on Cornell Avenue prior to the crash. Forman said the vehicle appeared to be was skidding before it hit the parked truck at a Hemlock Street residence.

He said the collision destroyed two garbage cans and pushed the Chevy pickup about 20 to 30 feet along an asphalt parking strip running parallel to the road. A nearby fence was also damaged in the crash.

Kargman had reportedly been living with family in the Hallinan or McVey/South Shore neighborhood prior to the crash. He attended local schools.

Original reports of the crash placed it at McVey and Cornell. That information was incorrect.