Pedestrian slain in McLoughlin-Holgate hit and run
After a pedestrian was hit and killed in the southbound lanes of McLoughlin Boulevard at eastbound Holgate Boulevard â€“ reported at 9:49 a.m. on Thursday, September 2 â€“ the intersection was closed down for most of the day while the death was investigated; the resulting traffic jam lasted for hours. The identity of the victim had not yet been made public as this issue of THE BEE went to press.
According to workers at the Shell gas station on the corner, the driver of a black Hyundai sedan â€“ with its windshield caved in, from the impact â€“ nervously walked away leaving the wrecked car in the center of McLoughlin. It's unclear how the vehicle then was moved to a spot near the curb on S.E. Holgate Boulevard, in front of the La Carreta restaurant.
A dozen Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers fanned out over the area, looking for the hit-and-walk-away driver, who quickly departed on foot not wearing a shirt.
Witnesses gave members of the PPB Major Crash Team a good description of the suspect: A man in his 30s, shirtless, with long hair pulled into a bun on the top of his head.
A cell phone photo, taken by an alert driver at the scene, clearly showing the face of the driver exiting the area, was widely circulated â€“ but at this time, the suspect has yet to be located and taken into custody.
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