PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who injured a woman and her dog in the Buckman neighborhood Monday morning.
At around 11:19 a.m., officers responded to a hospital where a woman was being treated. She told officers that she was struck by a car while crossing Southeast Belmont Street at Southeast 20th Avenue.
Mandy Thomson told FOX 12 that she and her 11-month-old labradoodle, June, were walking to the dog park when they were hit by the vehicle, which was making a left turn.
"We waited in the crosswalk 'til it turned and started walking," said Thomson. "We were about half way in the crosswalk and a car came out of nowhere and hit me, just directly on."
Police said the suspect vehicle was last seen eastbound on SE Belmont.
Thomson was left in the road, and June took off running.
"As soon as she left, I got up and started calling for her but she was nowhere to be seen, and the driver just kept going - didn't stop to see if we were OK," Thomson told FOX 12. “When they found [June], she was all the way across Hawthorne - she had run all the way to 16th and Hawthorne where her favorite dog store is.”
People nearby rushed in to help her out. Thomson was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries she sustained.
"I have a fractured knee cap, and then of course I am sore - sore back, sore everything - but that is probably the worst of it," said Thomson.
Thomson and June are now recovering as police search for the driver.
"Just why wouldn't the person stop? I just don't understand how you can see a person do down and a dog, and just not even care and just keep going," said Thomson.
Surveillance video was obtained at the scene from a nearby business. Police believe the suspect vehicle was a red Toyota Matrix or similar.
Anyone with information about the incident, or recognizes the suspect vehicle, is asked to contact Officer Richard Storm at Richard.Storm@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 19-413106.
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