Victim identified in fatal Sunday hit-and-run
A pedestrian died in the Cully neighborhood after being struck by a car in a hit-and-run crash on Sunday night, Sept. 15.
Police have identified the victim as 27-year-old Cristian Drae Lennon of Portland.
The driver fled the scene. Police are looking for a 1996 to 1998 red or maroon Chevy Blazer. The suspect vehicle should have front end damage.
Investigators want to hear from anyone who has information about this crash, but has not yet been contacted by police. Anyone with knowledge of the incident should contact the Traffic Division at 503-823-2103.
Portland police found the pedestrian unconscious near Northeast Lombard Street and 45th Avenue just after 8 p.m. after a report of a crash. The person died at the scene.
The city's Major Crash Team is leading the investigation.
Neighbors told KOIN 6 News that portions of the road — also known as Northeast Portland Highway — are not well lit, and that people frequently walk to and from a nearby tavern on this stretch of road. They also note that there is a homeless camp nearby.
Many feel that more crosswalks and better lighting are needed to keep pedestrians safe. "There is nobody out here," said Parker VanAcker, who rides his motorcycle on the road frequently. "You can go fast, you can go slow, you can do whatever you really want because there's not really any police out here, but I just can't believe someone would be hit."
Northeast Lombard Street is a designated "high-crash street" by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. That means "more than half of deadly crashes occur on just 8% of Portland's streets. These streets make up the High Crash Network."
The death is the 41st traffic fatality of the year in Portland.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find the story with video here.
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