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Near what used to be 'Grandma's' on 41st at Holgate, a wild-driver hit a car, then took out a gas meter

DAVID F. ASHTON - The owner of the parked car that was rear-ended, at far right, unhappily contemplates the damage, while a woman helps clean up the shattered glass. The broken gas pipes are visible just to the right of the car - and the gas meter is no longer there at all. When a car – southbound on S.E. 41st Avenue, just south of Holgate – rear-ended parked car on the street, on Sunday afternoon, December 15, at 3:44 p.m., its driver then did something odd.

Witnesses said the man first got out of his vehicle and talked briefly with the owner of the car he'd run into – then got back into his car, gunned the engine, popped up the west curb, and drove along the sidewalk southbound – in the process, dislodging a NW Natural Gas line and meter at the south end of the "Town Crier" building.

Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to this fire hazard; firefighters located the whistling of escaping gas from the broken gas pipe, and closed it off.

Tacee Webb, who runs a vintage store at the location, told THE BEE that the investigating officer had reported back to her that the hit-and-run driver had been tracked down to his home, not far away – but needed medical care, probably from injuries related to the crash, and had been taken to a hospital.

It's unclear whether charges will be filed, but the case does remain under investigation.


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