June 14th, 2013 11:59 am | by ANDREA DAMEWOOD News | Posted In: Transportation, PDX News, City Hall, Cops and Courts

City Blamed for Faulty Crosswalk in Pedestrian Death


The family of an elderly woman who was struck and killed by a car last November in East Portland has filed tort claims against the city, saying a faulty crosswalk sign was a major factor in her death.

Ksenia Aleksandrova, 71, and her husband Pavel Krivolenkov, 70, were crossing the street at Southeast 108th Avenue and Washington Street when they were hit by a car being driven by Kimberly Dennis.

Aleksandrova died at a Portland hospital; Krivolenkov sustained serious injuries but survived, WW news partner KATU reported after the crash.

Attorney Hala Gores filed two tort claims with the city on May 8, one on behalf of Krivolenkov, the other on the behalf of Aleksandrova's estate. In it, Gores writes that "a major contributing factor to the crash was a malfunctioning crosswalk sensor(s) and/or flashing lights in a warning sign over the crosswalk."

Portland Police, at the time of the accident, also blamed heavy rain for the collision. Dennis stayed on the scene and was not cited, KATU reported.

The tort claim does not specify any damages the family is seeking. Gores did not return calls for comment.

Dylan Rivera, a spokesman for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, says the city does not comment on pending litigation.

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