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Portland police investigate fatal accident involving Gresham officer

Patrol car was headed north on Glisan to respond to a call about speeding cars

Portland Police Bureau officials are investigating a traffic accident involving a Gresham police officer in which one man died and three others were injured.

Officer Joshua Linstrom, 29, was headed north on Northeast 188th Avenue to check out a report of speeding drivers at 9:25 p.m. Saturday, July 1, when the patrol car he was driving collided with a 1996 Dodge Caravan minivan carrying three men that was heading west on Northeast Glisan Street, said Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso.

Portland resident Marino Sanchez-Sanchez, 29, who was sitting in a rear passenger seat, was taken to Oregon Health and Science University, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the minivan, 33-year-old Diego D. Martinez, a resident of Portland, and front seat passenger, 37-year-old Jose Luis Bahena, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., also were taken to Oregon Health and Science University, where they were treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Linstrom, who was hired by Gresham in 2005, had only minor injuries. He was treated at Portland Adventist Medical Center and released.

Although the collision occurred in Gresham, Piluso said Gresham police officials asked that the Portland Police Bureau handle the investigation to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

As is standard for this type of incident, members of the East County Vehicular Crimes Team also are investigating.

Linstrom was placed on paid administrative leave for an undetermined amount of time.