TROUTDALE, OR (January 3, 2022) - The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Vehicular Crimes Team (VCT) has completed a preliminary investigation into the fatal pedestrian crash that occurred in Troutdale on Thursday, December 30, 2021.
The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the pedestrian as 59-year-old James Chris Colasanti.
VCT investigators determined Colasanti crossed SW 257th Avenue, from east to west, near SW 28th Street around 5:30 p.m. As Colasanti crossed, he was nearly hit by one vehicle traveling in the northbound lanes.
Colasanti continued walking westbound, and moments later, was struck by a 2002 Dodge Durango, operated by a 39-year-old driver, traveling south on 257th Avenue. Colasanti did not survive his injuries and was declared deceased on scene by medical personnel.
Further investigation found that Colasanti was not in a marked crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing at night. Investigators interviewed the involved driver and did not find signs of impairment. Speed is also not believed to be a factor.
Based on the preliminary results of the investigation, the driver has not been arrested or cited.
The investigation is ongoing, and no further comment will be made at this time.
Initial press release on Dec. 30, 2021
Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle in Troutdale
On Thursday, December 30th, at 5:31 p.m., Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian struck near the intersection of Southwest 257th Ave. & Southwest 28th St. in Troutdale. Medical personnel pronounced the pedestrian deceased on scene. Deputies contacted the driver, who remained at the location after the collision.
Because the crash resulted in a death, the Vehicular Crimes Team (VCT) responded to perform a crash investigation. Southwest 257th Avenue will be closed between Southwest 25th Street and Southeast Stark Street for an extended period of time while the crash is being investigated.
The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.