Neighbors remember Tigard hit-and-run victim while police search for suspect

Published: Mar. 8, 2022 at 9:34 AM PST
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TIGARD, Ore. (KPTV) - The SUV in the Tigard Hit-and-run last Friday, which killed a woman and injured her mother, was found Tuesday.

The crash occurred March 4, at about 8:40 p.m. at Southwest Hall Boulevard and Lucille Court. Police said 57-year-old Karen Kain and her 86-year-old mother were crossing Southwest Hall when they were hit a by a driver who fled from the scene.

Kain was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

Paul Sardoch was Kain’s realtor and friend. He met her in Fall 2021 when she was looking for a home.

“Karen was very caring and a very conscientious person, very organized and also very focused on you know being there and loving and supportive of her mom and being there and supportive of her clients,” said Sardoch. “She was conscientious you know about wanting to ride her bike and walk places because it was important to her.”

“We played music together, she was awesome, she was a neighbor,” said Julie Zamudio who played music with Kain every week during the summer. “She was really always thinking about other people and especially her mom, she was really devoted to helping her mom and being with her mom and spending time with her and singing with her.”

Jessica Radley found the darker colored 2015-16 Jeep Renegade suspected to be responsible for the hit-and run. She found the SUV with significant front-end damage in the driveway that leads to Cross Creek Apartments, less than a mile from the incident. Radley said she didn’t recognize the car and found it found parked in an odd place.

“I looked at it and it immediately clicks when I came around walking, but it was a jeep renegade and I’m like oh no. When I got closer to it and walked around to the front of the Car, I saw all the damage and went okay this is suspect,” said Radley. “It was abandoned; the way that it was parked, there’s nobody in the vehicle. Then I saw all the damage in front of the car I knew. In your heart like you hope this isn’t the case but you hope it is, so that justice can be served. So I mean I’m still having a little bit of the gut wrenching feeling just hoping that it leads to some answers for the family.”

It was reported to police -- and later towed -- so investigators can comb through it for evidence.

The driver has still not been found. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Anyone who would like to submit a tip can do so here.