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Lake Oswego woman pleads guilty in Barbur Boulevard hit-and-run

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Miriam Clinton, who police said crashed into a bike rider on Barbur Boulevard and then drove away last August, made three guilty pleas in a Portland courtroom Friday.

Clinton pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, failure to perform the duties of a driver and driving under the influence. She remains out on bail, but will be sentenced on Nov. 15.

The crash left Henry Schmidt, a 20-year-old student from Lewis and Clark College, with several broken bones, including both his legs, a lacerated spleen and severe road rash.

Schmidt said he was happy with the plea deal the Multnomah County District Attorney's office offered Clinton.

"Once I knew there was jail time involved then I was more than happy to reduce the sentence as long as there was some direction and it seemed more constructive," said Schmidt.

Two months later, Schmidt is slowly walking on his own again as he continues the long process to recovery.

"It's a marathon, there's very little distinction between days so it's not really like there are good days or bad days," said Schmidt from his southwest Portland home.

A bus driver found Schmidt in the road, pulled over and called 911 around 1 a.m. on Aug. 16, while two bus passengers used Schmidt's cell phone to call his parents.

Police later announced a $1,000 reward for information in the case, and an anonymous tip led detectives to Clinton's car at a body shop in Wilsonville.

"It's not that I feel that nothing should happen, it's just her actions were reprehensible and I don't forgive her,' added Schmidt.

Clinton, who lives in Lake Oswego, had three speeding tickets on her record, the latest in January. She was driving with a suspended driver's license when she crashed into Schmidt.

A judge said Clinton's sentence will double if she is even one minute late to her sentencing hearing on Nov. 15.

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