Family mourns woman killed in hit-and-run crash


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A family is heartbroken and desperate for answers after a hit-and-run crash killed 54-year-old Loan Diep.

Diep’s family told KOIN 6 News she had just gotten off work and was heading home when she was hit by two cars just a few hundred feet from her front door.

“She was a kind person, she was innocent, she didn’t do anything,” Diep’s niece Jessica Kien said.

She was crossing SE Division Street near 138th when the first car slammed into her then drove away. Surveillance video shows the driver stop and two people get out. Then they hopped back in and drove away.

Another car hit Diep while she lay in the street.

“We thought she was kidnapped or something because it was dark at night and there are barely any lights,” Kien said.  

The family said they worried all night and went to the police in the morning.

“While we were there, we got a call from the medical examiner’s office saying that she was in a horrible accident and she passed away,” Kien said. 

The second driver who hit Diep stopped and was arrested for DUII and reckless driving and a man who drove through the road closure at the scene was also arrested for DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangering. 

The first driver is still out there and police ask anyone with information to call Officer David Enz at 503.823.2208. 

“We just hope that they find him,” Kien said. “I just really hope they find him or he turns himself in.”

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