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Hit-and-run driver injures motorcyclist in Happy Valley
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says a hit-and-run driver abandoned a bright-red Cadillac in a Damascus grocery store after running a red light and injuring a motorcyclist in Happy Valley.
The suspect, a 14-year-old Clackamas County resident, turned himself in at the Clackamas County Juvenile Intake & Assessment Center on the morning of Wednesday, March 31.
The incident happened just before 7 a.m. at the Rock Creek Junction — where highways 212 and 224 cross — on Tuesday, March 30, according to deputies.
Police say the suspect was driving a 2009 Cadillac GTS westbound on Highway 212 and was turning east on 224 when he ran a red light, crashing into the 1986 Honda motorcycle and sending the 35-year-old rider over the hood, causing non-life-threatening injuries for the biker in the process.
Police say the driver slowed down "just long enough" for a witness to snap a photo, but then took off. The Caddy's grill and license plate were the only debris left behind.
CCSO deputies, Oregon State Police, medical personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1, and an American Medical Response ambulance responded to the scene.
According to a news release, the suspect was soon spotted at the Damascus Safeway, 20151 S.E. Highway 212, where he purchased a cell phone charger before ditching the car in the parking lot. Officers arrived after being alerted to a "a suspicious person" in the parking lot by store personnel, who also provided surveillance images, but from there the trail turned cold.
Clackamas County deputies thanked everyone who shared tips about the suspect's identity and whereabouts.
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