Driver admits guilt in first-date hit-run death


Patricia Clayton was driving when she hit, killed Marjorie Averill

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 77-year-old driver changed her plea Monday in the case of a hit-and-run that injured a man and killed a woman on their first date.

Patricia Clayton pleaded guilty and was sentenced on one count of failing to perform the duties of a driver.

Clayton avoided jail time. She was sentenced to 3 years probation and her driver’s license was suspended for 5 years.

In January, she was driving a white van on Northeast 17th Avenue, then stopped at a stop sign. Clayton turned left onto Northeast Cornell Road while Tim Mahan and Marjorie Averill were crossing. The van hit both Averill and Mahan, then drove away without stopping.

Averill, 38, died at the scene. Mahan was slightly hurt.

Days after the crash, Mahan told KOIN 6 News what happened when they crossed the street.

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Marjorie Averill and Tim Mahan in a photo taken shortly before she was hit and killed by a driver in Hillsboro, January 19, 2019 (Courtesy: Tim Mahan)

“We were walking and just about to the bus stop. We had to cross the crosswalk right there and the van took off, kind of knocked me out of the way,” he said at that time. “I was, like, banging on the hood of the van, you know, ‘Stop! Stop!’ you know, and it just sped up.”

Mahan, 47, said he was on the inside, closest to the van, and Averill was on the outside.

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Patricia Clayton was driving this van when she hit and killed Marjorie Averill, January 19, 2019 (Hillsboro PD)

“If they could have stopped once they hit me, and I would have had my little injuries and she would have been fine,” he said. “Everything would have been fine. They chose to speed up.”

The day after the crash, Hillsboro police said they located the van that has a dark-colored graphic decal along its driver’s side and identified a person of interest.

But Clayton wasn’t arrested until September. At that time, she was charged with 2 counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.

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