GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) - A 24-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital after a hit and run in Gresham last weekend.

Court papers said the driver was under the influence of alcohol and drove onto the sidewalk.

"I'm feeling ok right now, definitely better than I was. Everything's bandaged up," Taylor Thomas said.

"She has minor bleeding to the brain. Her pelvic bone was broken. Her nose, her lip was reattached, she lost all of her teeth," Maria Blanco, Thomas' mom, said.

Gresham hit and run leaves 24-year-old recovering in the hospital with serious injuries

Image provided by the family.

Thomas was walking with her boyfriend near Southeast 223rd Avenue in Gresham Saturday night. She said the last thing she saw was a car speeding toward them.

"I blacked out. I don't really remember much," she said. "The last thing I remember was being in the hospital."

Court papers said 63-year-old Johnathan Brought was going about 40 miles an hour when he jumped the curb, hit several mailboxes, hit Thomas and threw her about 50 feet.

Officers found Brought's car at a house nearby and watched as the garage doors closed.

They came back the next morning, and according to court documents, Brought said he'd had several drinks the night before and knew he hit something but didn't realize it was a person. He said he left the scene because he was concerned about getting a DUII and was embarrassed.

"He just hit me and ran, you know, he didn't even care about my well-being," Thomas said. "He left me for dead, basically."

"She has a big heart. She's a great person and she didn't, nobody, deserves this," Blanco said.

Brought was booked and released from jail that day. He faces hit and run, DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangering charges.

Thomas and her family say they just want justice: "This will never be the same, she will never be the same, we will never be the same again."

FOX 12 tried to reach Brought by phone but we have not heard back. He's due in court in about two and a half weeks.

Thomas's family has a GoFundMe page to help with her recovery.

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(2) comments


63 years old, you admit knowing you hit a number of mail boxes - also known as committing multiple property crimes, but did not realize you hit a human being and drove home to hide. I'm embarrassed for you thinking that anything you said makes what you did somehow look better. You knew to stop when you hit the first mailbox! What you are saying is that you do not want consequences, judgement or repercussions. You hoped you had gotten away with it knowing full well you might have killed someone. You care more about you and protecting your alcoholism than you do anything else. Do us all a favor, surrender your keys, get help and do anything and everything you can to support the woman you easily could have killed.


Poor kid. That guy needs to be drug around a bit, tossed in prison for about 50 years.

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