Creston-Kenilworth hit-and-run driver arrested
After a bicyclist was knocked to the ground by a blue Dodge Stratus near the intersection of Gladstone Street and S.E. Cora Drive, Friday evening, April 6, at about 7 p.m., police and fire responders were dispatched to the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood.
Paramedics riding the Woodstock Fire Station's Engine 25 checked over the crash victim, a bicyclist, and provided on-site first aid, before friends took him to a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
Central Precinct officers learned from witnesses that the driver of the Dodge had turned south onto Cora Drive from eastbound Gladstone, and there had collided with the bicyclist.
"After the crash, the driver of the Dodge drove away, leaving the injured bicyclist on the road," said Portland Police spokesman Chris Burley.
Apparently the car wasn't driven far; officers discovered and seized the involved vehicle in the parking lot of apartments at 3500 S.E. Cora Drive. "The suspect driver was not located on the day of the crash," Burley said.
But, the investigation continued, and based on based on information uncovered, the PPB Traffic Division's Traffic Investigation Unit finally fingered their suspect on the morning of April 12 – arresting 30-year-old Abduraham S. Abubaker nearly 100 blocks east of the crash, at a home near S.E. 122nd Avenue at Ramona Street.
At 11:16 a.m. on the morning of his arrest, Abubaker was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
At his arraignment, Abubaker learned from a Multnomah County Court judge that his Third Degree Assault charge had been dropped, but a charge Felony charge of "Failing to Perform the Duties of a Driver-Injury" had been added to his case. He remains in custody at Inverness Jail in lieu of $15,000 combined bail.