April 1, 2012

Portland police are still on the lookout for an alleged hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 63-year-old Southwest Portland woman on March 31. Now, there may have been a small break in the case.

On Thursday, police announced that after a forensic analysis of the accident site, they believe the car that struck the woman was probably a Honda or Acura sedan made between 1996 and 2008. It would probably have a damaged hood and a broken windshield.

However, police still have no suspects in the case, which is terribly unfortunate for the woman’s family.

The fatal car accident occurred on West Burnside Road, close to Southwest Tischner Drive. The woman was walking around her neighborhood and was crossing West Burnside when she was hit by the car. Her body was found just before 11:30 p.m.

Late, at least one witness said he or she saw two blonde women in the mid- to late twenties arguing in a parking lot not far from the accident scene. The driver was operating a car that would match the description police have given.

Whomever struck and killed this woman is probably hiding because he or she is experiencing intense feelings of guilt and shame. We understand that, but we certainly hope that this person can get over those feelings and turn him or herself in. This woman’s family deserves closure. It is extremely hard to move on when you feel like things are not resolved.

Source: The Portland Oregonian, “Police say car that killed pedestrian on Burnside was Honda or Acura,” Lynne Terry, April 19, 2012


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