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Powell Blvd smash kills speeding cyclist

by: COURTESY OF KPTV FOX 12 NEWS - The smashed motorcycle on which 34-year-old David Henry Mitchell was riding before he died in a head-on crash lies in S.E. Powell Boulevard. When emergency first responders rolled out at 2:00 am on Sunday morning, June 1, they thought they were on their way to help yet another pedestrian who’d been struck down on S.E. Powell Boulevard at 29th Avenue.

Officers and medical personnel learned at the scene, however, that the “victim down” from this crash was actually a motorcycle rider who had been thrown from his cycle and appeared to have died where he lay in the street.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. The following day, Portland Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson told THE BEE that the motorcycle rider killed in the crash had been identified as 34-year-old David Henry Mitchell.

“Investigators believe Mitchell was impaired by alcohol, and was driving at a high rate of speed prior to crossing the center-line and crashing head-on into a Honda Accord station wagon,” Simpson said. The driver of the Honda, 53-year-old Brooks Brown, was uninjured in the crash, and cooperated with the investigation. “No citations have been issued in the case,” Simpson added.