Police search for a hit-and-prun driver who hit a Sellwood pedestrian -- then rammed another car head-on

DAVID F. ASHTON - At first, it appeared that this smashed car, stopped near the site of the pedestrian hit-and-run accident in Sellwood, was that of the fleeing driver. But we found that this car was actually the second victim of the escaping hit-and-run driver. When a person on foot was struck by a vehicle after dark on Thursday, April 21, five Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and an ambulance were dispatched at 9:22 p.m. to S.E. 17th Avenue at Nehalem Street — at the point where Milwaukie Avenue splits off northbound.

According to witnesses, a woman was struck by a southbound vehicle, and the driver left the scene — after smashing head-on into another car.

From the police incident log, the pedestrian was a "Trauma Entry" into the emergency medical system — which indicates that the female likely sustained substantial injuries.

A car initially thought to be that of the hit-and-run driver — a vehicle with considerable front-end damage — was stopped, facing westbound, just west of 17th Avenue on Spokane Street — mid-block, in the middle of the street. In fact, that car turned out to be yet another victim of the fleeing driver.

"The vehicle you're asking about was also damaged by the hit-and-run driver," explained Portland Police spokesperson Lt. Nathan Sheppard to THE BEE.

"We are not able to go into detail on this incident, because it is still an open and active investigation involving detectives," Lt Sheppard continued. "What we can say is that the victim is okay, and that the suspect has been identified, and has been contacted by police."

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