Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed 85-year-old

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to a hit-and-run that killed an 85-year-old woman in March.

Portland police said officers responded to a burglary in process call at Metropolis Cycle Repair, 2249 N Williams Ave., shortly before 3:45 a.m. 

When they arrived, officers found and arrested Nolan A. Harris.

85 year-old Ortrud F. Vatheuer. (Ccourtesy) 

Harris was later identified as the suspect in the fatal crash from March 19. Ortrud F. Vatheuer was hit by a car at the intersection of Southwest Carson Street and 45th Avenue in Multnomah Village. The car then fled the area.

On April 10, the van believed to be involved in the incident was found by a Tukwila Police Department commander while out on a monthly patrol shift in Tukwila, Washington. The van was seized as evidence.

Harris was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, escape, criminal mischief and failure to perform duties of a driver with injury resulting.

The van believed to be involved in the fatal hit-and-run from March 19, 2019. (PPB)

Investigators are working with the Multnomah County DA’s office to determine if other charges are appropriate.

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