Woman, 25, dies in Southwest Portland crash
- Kara Hansen Murphey
- SW Connection - News
SOUTH BURLINGAME - A 25-year-old Lake Oswego woman was thrown from a sport utility vehicle and killed in a Sunday morning accident that closed traffic on Southwest Barbur Boulevard near Capitol Highway for four hours.
The victim was identified Monday as Nisha Rana. Police said she died at the scene after she was ejected through the passenger window of her 2001 Mercedes SUV.
Police said the crash happened at about 4:30 a.m., when Rana's vehicle was speeding south on Barbur Boulevard and she failed to negotiate a curve at Southwest Brier Place.
But the accident wasn't discovered until later, because it was off the main road.
Police officers responded at 8:17 a.m. to 125 S.W. Miles St., where they determined the SUV had smashed into a fence and rammed a tree, causing the tree to fall and hit a vacant house on property belonging to Burlingame Baptist Church.
The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division Major Crash Team was dispatched to investigate the crash.
According to Rana's Facebook profile, she graduated from Lakeridge High School in 2005 and from University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2009.