Car crash in front of main entrance of UP, no one hurt

By Cheyenne Schoen , Clare Duffy and Malika Andrews | November 17, 2016 8:47pm

There was a car crash in front of UP's main entrance Thursday night.

Media Credit: Hannah Baade / The Beacon

Update 8:52 p.m.: A car accident occurred on North Willamette Blvd. at the crosswalk in front of the main entrance to the University of Portland at around 8 p.m. Thursday night.

Portland Police have taken a 30 year-old man into custody after he failed to pass a sobriety test. The man was not a UP student and nobody was injured. 

A silver Suzuki XL7 destroyed a tree, signpost and light pole on the walkway median, which has a crosswalk running through it.

The crosswalk is generally heavily used by students walking to and from the University.

Paige Reohr, a junior at UP, said she heard loud screeches and saw sparks coming from the car as it skidded on the road after mowing through the sign, a light post and a tree.

Reohr waited with the man after the accident until Public Safety arrived.

Reohr lives in the University Park neighborhood and was walking home when she saw the accident.

“I definitely smelled booze on his breath,” Reohr said. “This is a crosswalk and he could have hit someone. This is the second accident I saw here in a month.”

The car was towed by Sergeants Towing at 8:45 p.m. 


Original Story: A car crashed in front of the main entrance to the University of Portland around 8 p.m. Thursday night. 

No one was injured. The driver is not a student, according to the responding Public Safety officers.

Only one car was involved. It hit the pedestrian walkway median, taking out a street sign and a tree.

Updates to come.