A motor scooter rider in Northeast Portland died after a driver in an SUV made a left turn in front of her, according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau on Monday.
Police said that Susan V. Bartlett, 66, of Portland was struck on Friday evening at the intersection of Northeast Tillamook Street and Northeast 40th Avenue. First responders initially believed Bartlett’s injuries were not life threatening but she later died in surgery.
The driver of the SUV, who was uninjured, was issued a citation for an improperly executed turn.
The Portland City Council adopted Vision Zero in June 2015 with the goal eliminating traffic related fatalities. Since then, traffic deaths have continued to be an issue on Portland streets. There were 42 deaths in 2016, 47 in 2017 and 37 in 2018. Bartlett’s death is the 40th traffic related fatality so far this year in Portland.