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Lewis & Clark student injured in hit-and-run

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A Lewis & Clark College student was hit by a car and left to fend for himself when the driver sped away. Henry Schmidt was riding his bike home from work on SW Barbur Boulevard when he got a flat tire. That's when he started walking and pushing his bike. 

When he got to SW Barbur and Capitol Highway, he was hit by a car, leaving him with several broken bones and a lacerated spleen. The driver left the scene without stopping.

Luckily, a TriMet bus passed a few minutes later and driver Nancy Cain spotted him and called for help.

"I saw the bicycle and I could tell it was kind of crumpled. Then I saw the man just seconds later. When I saw him, I just wanted to make sure he was OK," said Cain.

Schmidt is now recovering in the hospital. He says even though it's sad the driver would just leave him there, he is thankful for all the help from strangers.

"That's terrifying to me, but at the same time so many people have shown such beautiful character. All of the friends who have come to support me, the guys who stopped, all the nurses who have been here. I think all of the good has outweighed the bad," said Schmidt.

Since he doesn't remember the crash, Schmidt can't describe the car that hit him. There was vehicle debris left at the scene and shards of glass in his wounds. An investigation is ongoing, but Portland Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the crash to give them a call.

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