PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A pedestrian died and five others were injured after a driver hit multiple people over a large area of Southeast Portland, creating “multiple crime scenes” in the car’s path, according to investigators.
The hit-and-run rampage began near Laurelhurst Park around 1 p.m. Police quickly received calls that the same driver was involved in other crashes of cars and pedestrians.
Authorities said they received multiple calls about an incident with the Honda Element at 32nd and Belmont, 33rd and Belmont, 37th and Pine and other points before it ended between SE 18th and 17th near Stark.
The suspect then ran off on foot, but “community members” helped “corral” him until police could take him into custody, PPB Sgt. Derek Carmon said. The suspect, who police say is still being processed, has not been identified.
PFR Lt. Rich Chatman said they responded to the scene at SE 18th and Stark and quickly realized this was a “multiple patient scene.”
Six people were transported to the hospital by ambulance, one of whom was listed in critical condition, but later died at a local hospital. The victim’s name has not been released. Chatman said he believes the other five “will recover from their injuries,” but did not provide any more detail.
Both Chatman and Carmon said there are other victims who did not need to go to the hospital, but declined to state how many others were hurt.
Carmon said he did not know whether the victims were adults, children or both.
One witness, Charles Kuzika, told KOIN 6 News he “saw a car coming down Washington and people moving away from where that car was. I saw a victim on the road a block away at 19th and Stark.”
Kuzika went to where he saw the victim and by the time he got there 2 men were already there.
“One of them seemed to know what he was doing in the medical field because he was checking on her in a gentle way and asking if she could feel this or if she could feel that and telling her she would be OK,” he said. “She said the gentleman who had hit her had come back and hit her a second time.”
Others in the neighborhood were aware of what was going on, he said, “because I could hear yelling, ‘He just got out of his car a block away!’ and people would run. And there are heroes amongst us.”
The investigation is ongoing and witnesses or those who find evidence are asked to call PPB at 503.823.3333 with the information.
KOIN 6 News has a crew at the scene and will have more information as soon as possible.