Man arrested for deadly April hit-and-run in St Johns

Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is facing criminal charges of negligent homicide in the death of an 82-year-old woman who was hit and killed in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood. 

Sandra Bosch died at the scene of the April 10 crash at North Fessenden Street and North  Polk Avenue. 

A witness reported seeing a vehicle heading eastbound on North Fessenden. It was going about 45 miles per hour when it hit Bosch, according to court documents. The driver never stopped. 

Sandra Bosch was killed in a hit-and-run in May 2019. (KOIN) 

Another witness reported seeing Bosch hit her head on the passenger side of the car’s windshield. 

The day after the crash, the University of Portland reported a suspicious vehicle parked near its campus, about 2 miles away from where Bosch was killed. 

According to court documents, the car’s windshield was smashed and what looked like hair was embedded in the glass. 

In May, investigators confirmed the evidence collected from the vehicle matched Bosch’s DNA. 

On Thursday, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said 42-year-old Jaime Mendoza-Chavez had been charged in the hit-and-run. 

Authorities said that when they contacted Mendoza-Chavez earlier in the week, he told them he “wanted to tell the truth” and admitted to driving the car that hit Bosch after drinking 2 beers.

Vicki Cordier (left) and Tracie Paulson (right), the daughters of 82-year-old Sandra Bosch who was killed in a hit-and-run in May 2019. (KOIN) 

Tracie Paulson, one of Bosch’s daughters, told KOIN 6 News her mother was left lying in the street in the rain. 

“I’ve never, ever been through something so horrible in my life,” Paulson said Thursday. 

Bosch’s other daughter, Vicki Cordier, said the fact that the person who hit her mother didn’t return to the scene is “unforgivable.” 

Mendoza-Chavez’s bail was set at $40,000. Cordier and Paulson think that number is far too low. 

“I think he needs to sit in there a while and think about what he did,” Paulson said. 

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