Hit-and-run: Portland man, 23, dies three blocks from home
Friends of a man struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking home early Saturday, Sept. 11, say he was a University of Oregon graduate and a Cleveland High School alumnus who was excited to start his first accounting job.
Portland Police say Austin Boyd, 23, was hit by a car and later found in traffic lanes near Southeast Clinton Street and César E. Chávez Boulevard in Southeast Portland at 4:38 a.m.
Four days later, on Wednesday afternoon, friends gathered around a roadside memorial for Boyd marked by a bevy of fresh flowers, candles, photos and incense laid at the intersection where Boyd was killed.
"He was my boyfriend's best friend, and a very close friend of mine," Grace Benefield said. "He was supposed to start his job as a CPA on Monday. He had just passed his test and was really stressed about it."
Benefield and Willis Schubert, another friend of Boyd's, said Boyd "spent months in his room studying" for a test before recently landing his first job in the accounting field.
Friends said Boyd was walking home early in the morning on Sept. 11 and was about halfway home when he was hit.
"His family lives three blocks away," Schubert said, recounting Boyd's love of Pacific Northwest sports teams. Schubert said Boyd grew up in Portland and attended Hosford Middle School before graduating from Cleveland High School and going on to study at the University of Oregon.
Police said they responded to a "report of a person down in traffic lanes" Saturday morning. Boyd was pronounced dead at the scene. The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team investigated and determined Boyd was walking in or near a marked crosswalk when he was struck.
Police are still searching for the suspect who hit Boyd. The suspect vehicle, described as a white or light colored 1993 to 1997 Honda Passport or Isuzu Rodeo, fled the scene.
"There may be damage to the front of the vehicle on the right side, including a shattered turn signal indicator beneath the bumper," a release from Portland Police Bureau stated.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Traffic Investigation Unit at 503-823-2103.
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