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Driver accused of hitting teen in SE Portland cries in court, charged with manslaughter

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Abdulrahman Noorah in court Monday. (Source: KPTV) Abdulrahman Noorah in court Monday. (Source: KPTV)
Abdulrahman Noorah in court Monday. (Source: KPTV) Abdulrahman Noorah in court Monday. (Source: KPTV)
People at scene of collision that killed a 15-year-old girl near SE 43rd and Hawthorne. (Source: KPTV) People at scene of collision that killed a 15-year-old girl near SE 43rd and Hawthorne. (Source: KPTV)
A GoFundMe page was started for Fallon Smart, who was set to be a sophomore at Franklin High School. (Image: GoFundMe) A GoFundMe page was started for Fallon Smart, who was set to be a sophomore at Franklin High School. (Image: GoFundMe)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The 20-year-old man accused of hitting and killing a Southeast Portland teenager and then leaving the scene made his first court appearance Monday on charges of manslaughter, hit-and-run and reckless driving.

Police said Abdulrahman Noorah was speeding and driving out of control when he hit 15-year-old Fallon Smart. She died at the scene.

Police said Smart was walking with her family on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard around 4 p.m. Friday, just as witnesses saw Noorah going close to 60 mph, weaving in and out of traffic, according to police.

Smart started to cross the street, then police said Noorah hit her and just kept going.

Officers began searching for Noorah in a gold Lexus, but they said he eventually came back to the scene and cooperated.

Police still aren’t sure if drugs or alcohol played a role.

In court, Noorah broke down crying Monday. Noorah’s lawyer said he is a Saudi citizen and he’s in Portland on a student visa.

He’s been here less than a year, but Noorah’s license is suspended.

People gathered at the crash scene Sunday, adding flowers and signs to a growing memorial for the teen. They also stood in the middle of the road and urged drivers to slow down.
               
A GoFundMe page for Fallon Smart has already collected more than $35,000 for her family by Monday evening.

Smart was going to be a sophomore at Franklin High School.

Her mother writes that she wanted to be a teacher, she made pillows for animals at the Oregon Humane Society and she started a garden at her old school.

Donors say Smart’s talents, love and energy are an inspiration to all of us and there are so many people who have been enriched just by knowing her.
 
A judge set Noorah’s bail at $1 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 30.

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