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Good Samaritan has message for SE Portland hit & run driver

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A good Samaritan is pleading for the driver who hit a young man in a Southeast Portland crosswalk to come forward.

Michael Fascell said he was heading westbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard at around 9 p.m. Thursday when the car in front of him stopped at the crosswalk near Southeast 31st Avenue.

Before Fascell could honk his horn, he looked over to his right and saw a man on the ground. The man was later identified by police as Max Martin. Fascell immediately stopped to see if Martin was OK, he said.

"I thought he was dead," Fascell said. "He wasn't moving. Wasn't conscious. Wasn't responsive when I asked him a series of questions."

Fascell said Martin had a pulse. He tried to keep Martin from moving until police and paramedics arrived, he added.

Martin was walking in a designated crosswalk when he was hit by a passing car, police said. As he stepped into the westbound lanes of Southeast Powell Boulevard, one car stopped but another did not, police said. The driver, who was in a white or silver car, hit Martin and took off without checking to see if he was OK, police said.

"You know what you did is wrong," Fascell said when asked what he would say to the driver who took off. "I mean... you know. You really do. And you hit someone with a motor vehicle. You hit someone. You damaged your car, obviously."

Fascell said he's driven past the area where the accident happened many times before and knows how dangerous it can be. 

Fascell said he now feels a connection to Martin. The two men, who are both in their early 20s, had never met until Thursday night, Fascell said.

"It's gonna stick with me for the rest of my life. He's my... pretty much exact age. He's like a brother almost... I feel like. I want to see him fully recover."

Fascell said Martin suffered some injuries to his brain and spine. As of Friday night, he was listed in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

Anyone with information about what happened on Thursday night is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau. 

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