Hit-and-run driver smashes car, gas meter on SE 41st
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.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.