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Motorcycle crashes into pedestrian

A pedestrian who sustained life-threatening injuries on Sunday night after being struck by a motorcycle in the Centennial area of outer Southeast Portland appears to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, police said.

Officers with Portland's east precinct responded to a 9:22 p.m. report on Aug. 4 of a pedestrian being hit by a motorcycle on Southeast Division Street, just west of 148th Avenue, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police spokesman.

They determined that a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Timothy Fisher, 24, was heading east on Division approaching 148th Avenue when David Bruce Hoobler, 61, walked northbound into the street from the sidewalk. He walked directly into the path of the motorcycle and was not in a crosswalk, Simpson said.

The motorcycle driver laid the bike down and it skidded on its right side, striking Hoobler and knocking him to the pavement. Hoobler was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries while the motorcycle rider was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police closed Division between Southeast 145th and 148th avenue until the traffic division's Major Crash Team completed its investigation.

The motorcycle rider is cooperating with the investigation. He was not impaired by drugs or alcohol, Simpson said, but Hoobler appears to have been under the influence at the time of the crash.

No citations have been issued and the crash remains under investigation.

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