HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) – A 77-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash involving two pedestrians in Hillsboro earlier this year.
Patricia Clayton, of North Plains, is facing two counts of failure to perform duties of a driver when persons are injured, according to Hillsboro police.
The crash Jan. 19 occurred at an unmarked crosswalk near Northeast Cornell Road and Northeast 17th Avenue. One pedestrian, identified as Marjorie Averill, of Beaverton, was killed, according to police. The other pedestrian, Timothy Mahan, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say Clayton hit Averill and Mahan while driving a van.
Mahan after the crash said he was walking Averill home after taking her out to dinner. It was the first time they were meeting in person after establishing a relationship online, according to Mahan.
"Everything went great," Mahan said. "We were making plans for the next weekend and stuff."
Mahan says the van hit him first.
"It knocked me back and I was just banging on the hood of the car, saying, 'stop, stop,'" Mahan said. "And she just sped up and drove off."
Surveillance video from nearby caught the van police believed hit Mahan and Averill and the vehicle was found the next day. At the time of the crash, police say Clayton had six kids inside the van with her, all under the age of nine.
"You never know what people are thinking, you know?" Mahan said. "I mean, it could've been anybody. But yeah, I was kind of surprised that a 77-year-old woman didn't stop."
Mahan still doesn't know why the driver didn't hit the brakes and says the crash has changed his life forever.
He says he wants anyone who may ever be involved in a crash involving a pedestrian to remember one thing.
"Just own up to it," Mahan said. "Give the family of that person that respect to treat them like a human being and not like a piece of garbage you just ran over on the road."
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