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Son of woman killed in unsolved hit-and-run: 'It's just not real'

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Family photo of Marlene Popps Family photo of Marlene Popps
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Hit-and-run crash scene at SE 60th and Holgate on July 4, 2015 Hit-and-run crash scene at SE 60th and Holgate on July 4, 2015
Mike Neldon, son of hit-and-run victim Marlene Popps Mike Neldon, son of hit-and-run victim Marlene Popps
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The son of a woman who was killed in an unsolved hit-and-run in southeast Portland said the whole horrible situation still doesn't seem real.

Marlene Popps, 60, was hit by a vehicle believed to be a motorcycle or three-wheel motorcycle at Southeast 60th and Holgate at 10 p.m. July 4.

Mike Neldon said he had been enjoying the Fourth of July fireworks that night, until he got a call from the hospital.

"They said it was pretty serious," he said. "I didn't expect it to be as serious because they said it was a motorcycle. I'm thinking broken bones, something you can get through."

Popps remained in the hospital for two weeks, before she died July 21.

Neldon described his mother as strong and a fighter who had faced medical issues before.

"She had so many friends throughout her years," he said. "All my friends growing up called her their second mom, she was family to them, because my mom was just like that."

That's what makes this situation, and the fact no one has come forward to take responsibility, so devastating.

A witness provided police with video that captured the crash in the distance, showing the woman being thrown over the top of the vehicle. That driver did not appear to slow down.

"It's horrible for him to just not stop, just to keep going, to not brake," Neldon said of the hit-and-run driver. "It makes me so angry."

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 in this case. Tips can be left at 503-823-HELP or online at crimestoppersoforegon.com.

Neldon is hopeful someone will come forward.

"I don't want someone to go through the same thing of what I have because (the driver) is still out there," he said.

The family has started a memorial fund at YouCaring.com.

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