Denver program showing results in hit-run cases; push to get it in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The word of yet another deadly hit-and-run in Portland brings back painful memories for Kristi Finney Dunn.
"It's like it rips the scab off all over again," Finney Dunn said.
Her son Dustin was killed in 2011 by a driver who didn't bother to stop.
Police caught the guy an hour later but Kristi knows many families don't get the justice they deserve.
"It's really difficult for people who are suffering from losing a loved one in a hit-and-run to not know the answers and not get the justice done," Finney Dunn said.
The latest hit-and-run happened in Southeast Portland Saturday night, and it took police several hours to release any information about the suspect's car. Kristi says that has to change.
So she's hoping a program that's working in Denver could be a good fit here.
It's called the Medina Alert System. It's the brainchild of a Denver cop.
It wastes no time sending the suspect's vehicle description to the more than 1,200 cab drivers, and 7,500 UPS trucks already enrolled in the system.
The program has already spread to other Colorado cities, and Kristi is determined to make sure Portland is next on the list.