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Gresham Man Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle on SE 182nd

Police stress that speed and alcohol are not considered factors and the driver is cooperating with the investigation.

Pedestrian killed

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Police say 83-year old Vasily Pliska of Gresham died after he was struck by a vehicle operated by 64 year old Kenneth Bannister of Gresham. It happened at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Powell Vista Manor, 4125 SE 182nd.

Sgt. Richard Wilson with Gresham Police, says the Vehicular Crimes Team was called out to investigate. He says speed and alcohol are not factors in this crash and VCT continues to investigate.

It appears that Mr. Pliska was crossing mid block outside of a marked crosswalk on SE 182nd from the West side to the East side from his residence at 4125 SE 182nd.

Bannister was traveling Northbound within the right lane of travel on SE 182nd from W. Powell.

Wilson explained, "At this point he observed a vehicle traveling within the left lane of travel also Northbound stop suddenly. He then impacted Mr. Pliska, who crossed in front of that vehicle and then in front of him.

Vasily Pliska was pronounced deceased at the scene.

"Again, speed and alcohol are NOT considered factors and the driver is cooperating with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing at this hour," Wilson said.

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Ruvim January 27, 2010 10:05 pm (Pacific time)

this my grandpa Vasily Pliska any questions email me at

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