• October 06, 2022

Sarah Pliner Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on SE Powell Blvd in Portland, OR

Portland, OR — October 4, 2022, 50-year-old Sarah Pliner died when her bicycle collided with a semi-truck on Southeast Powell Boulevard in Portland.

Authorities say the incident happened around 11:50 a.m. near the intersection of Powell and 26th Avenue. Preliminary investigation suggests only that Pliner was riding a bicycle in the area when she was somehow hit by a commercial truck. The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities.

Pliner suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Sarah Pliner Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on SE Powell Blvd in Portland, OR

Commentary on Sarah Pliner Accident in Portland

Right now it's unclear exactly what happened here, but I think most would agree that a fatal collision like this one deserves a full investigation. It's important to find out not just what happened but also exactly why things went that way. The victim's loved ones deserve no less than the whole truth, but the facts and evidence derive from careful scrutiny would also be important for holding the right parties (if any) accountable for the damage done.

Having said all that, I admit to a measure of concern about whether police will really take the time and care needed to get the whole story. That's not meant to insult their hard work, only to recognize the unfortunate truth that they have competing priorities, limited resources to spread many directions, and only so many officers to send all over the place. That sometimes means officers can't be as thorough as is needed and important details slip through the cracks, which is why I often recommend that independent experts take another look and ensure the dots get connected. At the very least it's important for the victim's family to know that no stone was left unturned.

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