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Driver hits three pedestrians along Gresham sidewalk, drives away

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The fence damaged in the crash. The fence damaged in the crash.
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who crashed into three pedestrians along a Gresham road early Friday morning, leaving all three seriously injured.

Gresham police said the driver was heading north on 181st Avenue near Stark Street around 1 a.m. The driver crossed three lanes of traffic, veered off the road and up onto the sidewalk on the west side of the street where the three people had been walking.

The car plowed through a fence of nearby home, as well as a wooden fence and mail box. 

The driver then sped away from the scene, according to police.

"I hear a crash outside, so I opened the door, looked outside from my porch and I could hear someone screaming for help," said neighbor Sergiu Ionata, who was still awake at the time of the crash.

Ionata ran outside and said he was the only person who came to help the three people who'd been injured.

"I walked out there and I saw a guy holding his side limping around and I asked him what happened," he added. "Right away he told me there's two people - two girls with me."

Ionata said one woman was unconscious under the fence, and the other had her arm trapped, but he was able to help free it and stayed on the phone with 911 while police and paramedics arrived.

All three pedestrians were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

He never saw the car that hit them or the driver behind the wheel.

"Me - I would never have it in me - even if I barely tapped somebody's bumper, I couldn't just leave," neighbor James Andresi told Fox 12.  "It's uncivilized and it's just rude and ungodly."

Investigators are looking for the suspect vehicle, which is described as a red or maroon 1995 Lincoln passenger car with a Colorado license 371UWU. 

The car is missing the front license plate, and should have front end driver's side damage.

"All day I've been thinking, what if I wasn't there? What if I was sleeping, you know?" Ionata said. "And actually a few minutes before that I was putting out my garbage cans, because it's garbage the next day, so that could have been me and I've got a pregnant wife at home. It's pretty crazy."

Anyone with information about the crash or the whereabouts of the vehicle are encouraged to call 911 or the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

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