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Suspect in deadly hit-and-run: ‘It's the biggest mistake I've ever made’

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A man accused of a deadly weekend hit-and-run in southeast Portland was in court Monday.

Investigators said Fernando Cuevas Jr hit 24-year-old Hussain Ahmed Alhamzah Saturday on Southeast 122nd Avenue.

Officers said Cuevas crossed over the bike lane and hit Alhamzah as he got out of his car in a parking lane. Alhamzah was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

According to police, Cuevas did not stop after the crash, and police found him in the area of Southeast 140th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard where he was arrested.

Cuevas faces charges of criminally negligent homicide, hit and run involving injuries and reckless endangerment.

FOX 12 spoke with Cuevas over the phone about the crash following his appearance in court Monday, and he said he felt very bad about the incident but contended the victim “popped out of nowhere.”

“I’m feeling really bad, the worst I’ve ever felt in my life. I just killed somebody,” he said. “I never intended to do this, it was just a really bad accident. I didn't see him - he just popped out of nowhere and I just got scared and kept going. It's the biggest mistake I've ever made in my life.”

According to court documents, Cuevas has a criminal history in several states including DUII charges.

A cousin of Alhamzah flew in from Wisconsin to be in court Monday and pleaded with the judge not to release Cuevas. Despite those pleas, bail was set at $42,500 and Cuevas was released. He will be back in court July 12.

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