SUV hits 2 in homeless camp, flees on SE Powell


Police say the SUV rear-ended a car stopped at a traffic light under the I-205 overpass

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were seriously injured when an SUV crashed into a homeless camp Wednesday night on Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Police said the SUV was driving recklessly on Southeast 92nd Avenue when it turned eastbound onto Southeast Powell. It then rear-ended another car stopped at a traffic light under I-205 overpass.

The impact launched the SUV up onto the sidewalk where several people were camping.

Witnesses told KOIN 6 News the SUV rammed into a number of shopping carts and tarps before hitting 2 men who had been sleeping on the sidewalk. It then sped away.

Both people were seriously injured and taken to a hospital, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

The witnesses who spoke with KOIN 6 said the victims’ names are Bruce and Zach. Bruce is said to be in his 50s and Zach is likely in his 20s.

“The older gentleman, Bruce, is still in the hospital, in the ICU as far as I know,” said Melissa Robinett, who witnessed the crash. “Some mutual friends said [Zach] got out today.”

Authorities have not confirmed the names of the victims or their conditions.

The car that was rear-ended tried to follow the SUV but lost sight of it. That driver was unhurt.

Police are still searching for the driver of the white SUV. Descriptions of the suspect’s vehicle range from a CRV, a Toyota SUV, to a Chevy S10 Blazer.

Anyone with information is asked to call 503.823.3333.

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