About an hour before dawn on Friday, May 5, a man died in the darkness while attempting to cross S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses.
Witnesses said the victim was staying at the Del Rancho Motel, and was crossing 82nd, heading toward the 7-Eleven Store on the corner at Flavel Street – but not in the crosswalk – when the accident occurred at 4:33 a.m. Due to the darkness and the position of the pedestrian outside a crosswalk, had the driver remained at the scene, he or she would probably not even have gotten a ticket – but that was not the driver's choice.
A bystander told police the victim was hit in the street, and the force of the impact catapulted him to the west side of the road in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, partially onto the sidewalk, as the car that hit him then sped off southbound on the avenue.
"Officers and medical personnel arrived and found a male suffering from traumatic injuries lying on the sidewalk," confirmed Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. "The involved driver left the scene."
S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses was closed off to traffic in both directions, from Flavel to Malden Streets, while the PPB Traffic Division Major Crash Team investigated the incident.
The following day, Simpson said the man killed in the accident had been identified as 45-year-old Theodore Cornelius Jones.
"Video footage of the incident indicates that the suspect driver was in a smaller, dark-colored sedan, and continued to drive southbound on 82nd Avenue after striking the pedestrian," Simpson said. "The vehicle likely would have sustained damage to the hood and windshield."
Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a cash reward for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this hit and run crime, and those with information can remain anonymous. For all the ways to leave a tip, go online: www.crimestoppersoforegon.com