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Pedestrian struck, killed by hit-and-run driver in SE Portland, suspect sought

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Portland police are searching for the driver responsible for hitting and killing a pedestrian in southeast Portland early Friday morning.

The Portland Police Bureau said East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 82nd Avenue just south of Flavel Street around 4:33 a.m.

Officers arrived to find a middle-aged man lying on the sidewalk with life-threatening injuries. He was transported to a Portland hospital where he later died. 

Preliminary investigations indicated a driver in a small red sedan struck the man while he was walking across the road from a motel and continued to head south on 82nd Avenue. Later Friday morning, police updated the color of the sedan to be gray, not red. 

Police say witnesses saw a red pick-up truck following behind the suspect sedan. Witnesses said the sedan's driver didn't stop or slow down after hitting the man. 

Becky Fausone works at a 7-Eleven near the scene of the incident. She said she heard the whole thing and that she thought speed could have been a factor.

“I don’t know if he went through the red light or not, but he was going really fast,” she said. “And then we heard a collision. It sounded like he hit another car.”

A woman who requested to be identified by her first name Tamera said she was sitting in her car when she saw the scene unfold.

She rushed over to the victim to help. After seeing his critical injuries, Tamera said she wanted to make sure the man knew he was not alone. 

"I wouldn't want to be that person laying there, alone. I wouldn't want anybody else to ever go through that," she said. "I just hope I gave him some kind of comfort."

Police have closed 82nd in both directions from Flavel to Malden Streets. Drivers should avoid the area.

Officers are continuing to investigate the hit-and-run and will be reviewing surveillance video from the area. Anyone with information on this the suspected driver or vehicle is asked to call 911.

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