PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A deadly hit-and-run crash blocked traffic on a busy southeast Portland road for hours Monday, according to police.
All lanes of Southeast Powell Boulevard were temporarily closed between Southeast 147th Avenue and Southeast 150th Avenue. Police said all lanes of Southeast 148th Avenue were also temporarily closed between Southeast Woodward Street and Southeast Rhine Street. All roads were reopened just before 8:30 p.m.
According to Portland firefighters, at least one woman is dead and two other people were taken to a hospital, one in critical condition.
“The majority of what I saw was the black SUV that’s right in front of mine and then other cars that were kind of spinning out,” said Aimee Reichert, who was was driving to the dog park when she saw the crash.
Reichert says she jumped out of her car and ran to help two people inside another car that was hit. One of those victims was the woman who died.
“I was just there and I had my hand on the woman’s back, just trying to say words letting her know help was on the way,” Reichert said.
Portland police said they were actively searching for a suspect in the area of the crash scene. By 5:15 p.m., officers said they had located a suspect. The suspect was not immediately identified, pending being booked into jail.
FOX 12 Monday evening spoke with Dale Heasley, who said the suspect was hiding out in his swimming pool. Heasley said he came home earlier Monday afternoon to officers lining his street about a mile from where the crash occurred.
Heasley says officers told him to go inside, and, next thing he knows, he says the suspect was standing at his door asking to be let inside.
“I was standing in the patio door, I turned around, and there he was looking at me in the eyes with his hands cradled like, 'let me in, let me in,' nope,” Heasley said.
Heasley says he went straight to the front of his house and told officers, and when he went to his back window, he says he saw something moving.
“Everything going, bobbing up and down and I said, man we ain’t having no earthquake,” said Heasley. “And I said, man, he’s in my swimming pool!”
Moments later, he says he watched from his window as police came into his backyard and took the man into custody.
“Had guns drawn, Tasers and dogs and he come rolling out over the edge of the pool,” Heasley said. “He didn’t put up any fight. They put the handcuffs on him and away he went.”
The Major Crash Team is assisting in the investigation.
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