Family of hit-n-run victim pleads for driver to come forward

Daniel Ramsey, 24, died at the scene

Chris Holmstrom and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The family of a 24-year-old pedestrian who was hit and killed by a car Sunday night in North Portland is asking for the driver to come forward.

Daniel Ramsey was with his girlfriend -- Darian Conley -- when he was hit by a car on North Fesseden Street. He died at the scene.

"The images that I have in my head from that night, I'm never going to forget," Conley said.

Conley told KOIN 6 News they were walking to get food -- holding hands when Ramsey was hit. Conley said they looked both ways before crossing the street and as soon as they started to walk, a car was no more than 15 feet away from them.

"I look to my left and there was a car about 10 to 15 feet and the headlights were there and that was it," Conley said.

Ramsey's body flew a block down the road, but somehow, Conley remained untouched and unharmed.

"It should have been both of us," Conley said. "I don't know if somehow he pushed me back or what, but somehow he saved my life that night."

As of Wednesday -- 3 days after the hit-and-run -- no one has claimed responsibility despite the pleas from Ramsey's family and friends.

"No one's come forward for a few days now and it's feeling more and more like a deliberate act," Jay Hyslop, Ramsey's father, said.

While the details are unknown, Portland Police released surveillance video -- helping them get an idea of what kind of car it was.

It's believed the suspect's vehicle is a dark colored 2000-2003 BMW 525i series. Police previously said the car will have a broken grill and likely extensive damage to the hood and windshield.

Officer Garrett Dow said they've received a lot of leads, but none of them have led to anything, so they hope by going back to the scene, someone will say something.

"A lot of people from St. Johns like to talk to police face-to-face, they want to come up, they want to ask questions and they want to tell me what they know and they are more comfortable face-to-face," Dow said.

Police hope that one of these leads will provide closure to Ramsey's family.

"I really hope whoever did it, turns themselves in," Conley said.

Portland Police is asking anyone with information about this crash should contact the Traffic Division's Traffic Investigation Unit at 503.823.2103.

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