Two arrested for hit-and-run crashes in Gresham
Two men are facing charges related to unrelated hit-and-run crashes that took place in Gresham — a fatal collision with a bicyclist and a pedestrian who continues to recover in the hospital three weeks later.
Donald Troy Bighaus, 52, was arrested for a deadly hit-and-run Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3, in Gresham. He faces facing second-degree murder and felony hit-and-run charges after allegedly fatally striking a bicyclist and speeding away from the scene of the death.
Meanwhile Kelvin Millage, 57, of Gresham, was indicted on charges Friday, Aug. 5, by a Multnomah County Grand Jury for a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian lying in the street with serious injuries. Millage was indicted for second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and felony hit-and-run.
According to Gresham Police, Bighaus' hit-and-run was reported by a security guard who discovered the victim in an alleyway behind 2208 S.E. 182nd Ave. The Vehicular Crimes team and Major Crimes Team investigated, and surveillance footage captured a suspect vehicle belonging to Bighaus.
He was arrested during a search warrant of his East County home, during which the suspect vehicle was found. Bighaus was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Millage's alleged hit-and-run took place Monday evening, July 18, after Gresham Police responded to reports of the crash and found the victim, 62-year-old Rennette Harris, of Portland, lying in the street. She was taken to a trauma hospital for treatment, where she is still recovering from serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.
Again it was surveillance video that spotted a suspect vehicle, abandoned a short distance from the crash. Using interviews and evidence, East Metro SWAT served a search warrant Aug. 1, a few blocks from the hit-and-run, arresting Millage.
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