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Vancouver woman, 70, ID’d as second driver killed in March I-205 Bridge crash

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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A woman killed March 8 when a wrong-way driver collided head on with her SUV on the Interstate 205 Bridge was identified as a 70-year-old Vancouver woman.

On Saturday night, the Portland Police Bureau said that Cecilia R. Hao’s family has been notified of her death.

The other driver, identified as 21-year-old Morise Messiah Smith, no residence provided, was also killed in the crash.

The crash occurred around 1:10 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the bridge, just north of Government Island.

Officers arrived to find a Toyota RAV4 fully engulfed in flames and a Chrysler 300 against the eastern concrete barrier, the police bureau said in a news release. There was debris littered on the freeway between the two vehicles.

Both drivers died at the scene, police said.

Crash investigators determined the Chrysler, driven by Smith, was traveling south in the northbound lanes when it collided with the Toyota, driven by Hao.

Northbound I-205 was closed for nearly seven hours from Northeast Airport Way over the Glenn L. Jackson Bridge to state Highway 14. During the closure, traffic was diverted off of northbound I-205 at westbound Airport Way.

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