Hit-and-run driver strikes pedestrian in downtown Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – A hit-and-run driver hit three women walking on a sidewalk in downtown Portland, seriously injuring two of them, police said Friday.

The crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. in the vicinity of Portland State University. Portland police Sgt. Chris Burley said that the police are still looking for the driver.

He has not provide a description of the vehicle, but witnesses described as a blue sports utility vehicle.

“We do not know at this time if it was intentional,” Burley said.

A witness, Christopher Bond, said he was standing on the sidewalk when he saw a newer SUV hit at least two women. He estimated he was traveling approximately 45 mph (72 km / h).

Bond said he turned to help, and the driver ” gunned it,” nearly hitting him.

Another witness, Cat Caputo, was in conversation with a friend by a light-rail station when she heard a commotion and turned around. She saw two women lying on the sidewalk, and another leaning against a brick wall. Others shouted that a car had jumped the curb, struck the women and hastened away.

One of the women found that he has serious back problems, ” she said.

“I’m still a little in shock. If I have two minutes later, that would be me, or if I had just walked the normal route, that would be me,” she said. “A lot of people were crying.”

The police cordoned off several blocks around the scene. A green sweater, a pair of sneakers, a pink slipper and a black bike gloves lay scattered on the pavement in the vicinity of a small spatter of blood.

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