UPDATE: Suspect identified in PSU hit-and-run
The suspect in the hit-and-run crash that seriously injured three women on the Portland State University campus Friday morning has been identified as Greg Phillip Porter, 61.
Porter was taken into custody Friday afternoon and is lodged at the Multnomah County jail on three counts each of Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, and Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver Injury.
According to witnesses, Porter intentionally struck the women with his SUV. Police say the reason for his actions have not been determined. Detectives would like to hear from anyone with information about the suspect that may aid in this investigation.
The three victims have not been identified. They are being treated at area hospitals for their serious injuries. Two of the injured women suffered what police said were serious life-threatening injuries. A third has seriously hurt, but her injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. Oregon Health and Science University Hospital officials said one of the women remained in critical condition. The second woman was in serious condition, and a third is in fair condition.
Officers believe a fourth person may have been injured during this incident, but has not been contacted by officers or emergency medical responders.
The crash happened at about 10 a.m. May 25, near Southwest Sixth Avenue and Hall Street. A witness told KOIN 6 that he was sitting at Starbucks when he saw a newer SUV hit three women on or near the sidewalk. The vehicle sped away.
A tip led police to Porter, who was seated inside his parked blue Mazda Tribute near Northeast 16th Avenue and Glisan Street. He was arrested without incident.
In response to the crash, the Multnomah County district attorney's office issued a statement saying it was "working with our law enforcement partners in response to the tragic events on the campus of Portland State University this morning."
According to the statement, District Attorney Rod Underhill has sent Chief Deputy District Attorney Chuck Sparks along with several deputy district attorneys and a team from the victim advocate unit to assist in the investigation and to offer assistance and resources to those affected.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Reporter Jim Redden contributed to this story.