Portland man hit by car in suspected bias crime stays positive: ‘My wife is good. My baby is good’

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A man involved in a pedestrian and vehicle crash in a Walgreens parking lot on the Oregon coast was arrested on charges including attempted murder, according to police.

Lincoln City police arrived at the Walgreens store at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday and learned a car had left northbound on Highway 101 and that a second vehicle was involved in the crash that was still at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle was found outside of his vehicle and flown to a Portland hospital with severe injuries. The passengers of the car - the man's wife and infant child - were not injured.

The victim and his family are from the Portland area.

Shortly after, deputies located the suspect, identified as Perry Nicolopoulos, 68, of Puyallup, Washington, and he was initially taken into custody for DUII after showing signs of impairment, according to investigators. Based on evidence collected during the investigation, Nicolopoulos was arrested on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangering and failure to perform duties of a driver-injury.Investigators said Nicolopoulos hit the car in the parking lot and when the second driver got out of the car, Nicolopoulos hit the car again, striking the second driver. Police said a high level of intoxication and a possible mental health crisis involving Nicolopoulos are believed to be factors in the crash.

Police are asking anyone who has information about this case to call the Lincoln City Police Department.

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