PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Multiple people were hit by a driver in southeast Portland on Monday, according to police, and one of the victims died at the hospital.
Emergency crews responded to the area of Southeast 19th Avenue and Stark Street around 1 p.m. Firefighters initially said one pedestrian was hit, with more injuries possible.
Portland Fire & Rescue later reported that one person had been hit and critically injured, while as many as six others were also hit and sustained less-severe injuries.
Police said multiple people were taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Police said one person did die at the hospital, and five others are expected to recover.
The Portland Police Bureau received calls that a driver struck pedestrians and vehicles from Southeast 33rd Avenue to Southeast 13th Avenue near Stark Street.
Police said there were multiple crime scenes.
Police at one of the scenes confirmed to FOX 12 that a bicyclist had been struck and dragged by a car.
One witness says she was at SE Belmont St. and SE 20th Ave. when the suspect drove onto the sidewalk in a seemingly intentional way, just before police say a cyclist was hit.
“I heard a noise and that’s what made me look over it wasn’t an accident like glass or metal but he had gone up on the sidewalk and hit the Belmont collective sandwich board in an attempt to hit the guy on his bike which he did,” Lori Geske said.
Another witness was on her afternoon run in Laurelhurst Park when the commotion started. She saw a car moving fast about 10 feet behind her and she had to run up an embankment to escape the vehicle.
“I felt sort of foolish like maybe I was overreacting because you really don’t expect a car to ever try to hit you ya know but later on when I heard about what happened I was really glad I ran up that embankment,” Teresa Bergen said.
A witness told FOX 12 he helped surround the suspect to prevent him from escaping before police arrived.
A man says he watched that driver who hit 6 people get arrested. Here’s the video. You can see the man gets on his knees after being surrounded by a group of people. @PortlandPolice @PDXFire 🎥: Jonathan Rendon #BreakingNews #Portland #news @fox12oregon #PdxAlerts #pdx pic.twitter.com/Bp6grq4L2E— Bonnie Silkman KPTV (@BonnieSilkman) January 26, 2021
Video from Johnathan Rendon showed police tackling the suspect.
Officers said the suspect was taken into custody and his information will be released at a later time.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Joseph Corona at 503-823-0508 or Joseph.Corona@portlandoregon.gov or Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033 or Anthony.Merrill@portlandoregon.gov and reference case #21-22752.