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It was not your ordinary rear-ender. The responsible vehicle caught fire -- and its driver ran away

ERIC NORBERG - On eastbound S. E. Tacoma Street at 13th Avenue, the driver of this Honda Civic rear-ended an Infiniti SUV. As the Honda burst into flames, the driver ran away. Here, the smashed and burned vehicle awaited a tow, while an officer blocked the lane behind it. It was not your typical fender-bender, on Wednesday morning, September 7, eastbound on S.E. Tacoma Street at 13th Avenue — because, as a result, one of the cars caught fire.

Central Precinct officers and Westmoreland Fire Station 20 responded at 9:46 that morning.

"This was a two-vehicle, non-injury crash," later reported Portland Police spokesperson Sergeant Kevin Allen. "The preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of a Honda Civic rear-ended an Infiniti SUV. The Honda caught fire, but was extinguished by firefighters.

"The Honda's driver ran off before police arrived, and was not immediately located," Sergeant Allen added. Eastbound Tacoma was completely closed for half an hour, and then one lane was reopened, while an officer parked with his lights flashing behind the burned car in the turn lane — until a tow truck came to remove the wrecked Honda.

At last report, the police were still looking for the hit-and-run driver. If the man had been driving his own car, police would have known who he was, and probably would have taken him into custody the same day — so it is reasonable to assume the man who ran off might have been driving a borrowed or stolen car.

If you can provide any information on the driver or the crash, call the Police Non-Emergency number, 503/823-3333 — and refer to Case No. 22-241394.

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