Police looking for driver who hit teen in SE Portland, then fled
PORTLAND, Ore. - Police are looking for a driver who hit a 14-year-old girl as she crossed the street in Southeast Portland Monday afternoon and then took off.
The girl was injured and was taken to a hospital. Her injuries are non-life-threatening, Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said.
The incident happened at 1 p.m. at Southeast 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard, he said.
Simpson said the car hit the girl as it turned onto Powell Boulevard from 26th Avenue. The girl was in marked crosswalk, he said.
The girl told police that the driver stopped her car down the street and motioned for the girl to come to her. But the girl wasn't able to get up. The driver then got back into the car and drove away westbound on Powell.
The girl, Vicktorya Courtney, was released from Oregon Health & Science University late Monday afternoon. She has some bruised ribs and a fractured ankle.
She told KATU News that it could have been a whole lot worse. She said the car first ran over her foot. She then flipped onto the front of the car and smashed through part of the windshield of the car.
She said she forgives the driver but wants the driver to come forward.
"I felt not sorry for me, but sorry for her due to the fact that now she has to constantly think about how I am," said Courtney. "I don't want her to feel sorry for me by any means. I just want her to know that it could have been more serious than what it is. I want her to consciously think about what's happening - could I have died? Could I have been more seriously injured? I think that's why she ran, because she didn't want to be stuck with well, 'I could get in trouble,' or, 'What if I have to deal with this kid's family?' I think it was a mixture of fear."
The driver is a white woman in her 40s. She is between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 4 inches tall. She was wearing dress slacks, a purple shirt with silver sequins. She had black and silver hair.
The woman was driving a gold-colored midsized SUV, possibly a Lexus, Simpson said.
Courtney is a student at Cleveland High School, Simpson said.
This was the second time Courtney has been hit by a car. She said it happened four years ago. That driver was caught. It was a neighbor.
Anyone with information about this hit-and-run should call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333 or email tips to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.