Pedestrian critically injured in SE Portland hit-and-run
Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a pedestrian Tuesday evening, and have identified the victim of a Nov. 12 fatal collision.
Both crashes occurred in Southeast Portland.
The victim in the Nov. 17 crash is identified as Daniel Lopez-Herrera, 27. He is still in critical condition and receiving lifesaving care at the hospital.
According to police, at approximately 6:51 p.m., on Tuesday, East Precinct officers responded to the 16000 block of Southeast Stark Street on reports of a collision of a vehicle striking a pedestrian. As officers arrived on scene, they learned the vehicle that struck the pedestrian fled the scene westbound on Stark. Medical personnel arrived quickly determined the pedestrian's injuries were life threatening. The pedestrian was transported to a nearby hospital and immediately taken into surgery.
The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The vehicle, described as a silver or light gray sedan with no rear license plates, was traveling westbound in the left of two westbound lanes of travel on Stark. Witnesses described the vehicle traveling with its headlights off at a high rate of speed. The pedestrian entered the crosswalk and crossed from the north side of the road walking to the south.
Prior to crossing in the crosswalk, the pedestrian activated the rapid flashing beacons, which alerts oncoming motorists of a pedestrian crossing or intending to cross the street. The pedestrian was most likely hit after he crossed the first lane of westbound travel, and was into the second lane of westbound travel.
This is the 44th Major Crash Team activation for 2020.
Before that, police identified the bicyclist killed on Nov. 12 as Antonio Sage Rodriguez, 28, of Portland.
According to police, at 8:09 p.m. Nov. 12, Portland Fire & Rescue paramedics were dispatched to a report of a bicycle and vehicle crash at East Burnside Street at Southeast 122nd Avenue. Despite lifesaving measures taken, the bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Major Crash Team learned that a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban was going eastbound while the bicyclist was riding westbound in the single eastbound travel lane. They crashed head-on.
This is the 47th crash fatality investigated in Portland this year.
KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story.
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