Man turns himself in after hit-and-run of 9-year-old boy in Hillsboro
HILLSBORO, Ore. - A 9-year-old boy was hit by a car that drove off without stopping Saturday night in Hillsboro, police said.
Aidan Penney was on his bike when the car hit him with its passenger-side mirror. It hit him so hard that it knocked him into his 10-year-old cousin who was with him, and it tore the mirror off the car.
"When the police picked it up for evidence on the back of it was a clump of hair pulled out by the roots," Elizabeth Penney, Aidan's mother said.
On Sunday, police arrested 48-year-old Kevin Borchert of Hillsboro after he called to say he thought he might have been involved in a crash. This was 15 hours after the crash.
"I think he did the right thing. It was the best thing for everybody to turn himself in and become accountable for his actions," Penney said.
Police said Borchert said he heard a noise and thought it might be mechanical at the time.
"There's no way," Penney said in response. "The top was down and my brother yelled at him, 'Aren't you going to stop?' You don't get mechanical problems with a wad of hair in your mirror."
Police said it was "miraculous" that the boy only received minor injuries and that the girl wasn't hurt.
Witnesses said the car was a dark green convertible traveling west on SE Borwick St. They said the car was speeding, and that it was last seen heading south on SE Century Blvd. after failing to stop.
Borchert's car, a 2004 Porsche Boxter, matched the description and had damage that fit with what was reported. Borchert lives about a half-mile away.
A neighbor said she's shocked to hear police arrested him. She calls him a kind, family man.
"He does not speed," Akima Lee said. "There are a lot of kids in this neighbor,hood. He's very careful."
Borchert was arrested for reckless driving and hit and run. He was booked at the Washington County Jail with a bail of $20,000 Sunday afternoon, which means he needed $2,000 to be released. He was back home Sunday night but refused to talk with the KATU News reporter.
He'll be expected to show up for his court date.
If you have any information or were a witness, call Hillsboro police at (503) 629-0111.