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Hit-and-run victim on arrest: 'I'm happy, but I'm not celebrating'

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A woman with a suspended driver's license turned herself in Thursday for the hit-and-run crash that put a Lewis and Clark College student in the hospital.

Henry Schmidt, 20, was riding his bicycle home from work at 12:50 a.m. Aug. 16 when he got a flat tire. He was then hit by a car near the intersection of Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Capitol Highway. Police said the driver kept going.

A bus driver found the man in the road, pulled over and called 911. Two passengers on the bus called the man's parents from his cell phone at the scene.

A $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward was offered in the case Wednesday. On Thursday, Miriam Ann Clinton, 29, of Lake Oswego, turned herself in to Portland police officers. She was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on two counts of felony hit-and-run.

Police said an anonymous tip led Crime Stoppers to the suspect's car, a black 2011 Subaru Legacy, at a body shop in Wilsonville. Additional investigation led to the identity of the driver.

Clinton will be arraigned in court Friday.

From the hospital Thursday, Schmidt said he a feeling the driver who hit him would be caught.

"I'm happy about it, but I'm not celebrating," he said. "This was a human being who is now having to deal with some poor choices that she made, so it's hard to watch."

According to court records, Clinton has three speeding tickets on her record. The latest was from January 2013, while the previous two were in 2007. She also has a failure to use a seat belt conviction in 2007.

Another speeding ticket and a citation for driving while suspended were dismissed earlier this year. However, an Oregon DMV spokesperson said Clinton's license was suspended July 29 and eligible for reinstatement Aug. 28. It was not immediately clear why her license was suspended.

Schmidt suffered several broken bones, including both his legs, a lacerated spleen and severe road rash. Doctors, however, expect him to make a full recovery. He was listed in good condition Thursday at Oregon Health & Science University.

Asked if he would have anything to say to Clinton, Schmidt responded, "I don't think I have any words."

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