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Manager at SE Portland bakery dies of injuries from hit-and-run, police seek suspect

Erin Brenneman - Photo courtesy a friend of Brenneman

PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman has died nearly three weeks after she was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in Southeast Portland.

According to police, 26-year-old Erin Catherine Brenneman has passed away from injuries she sustained in the crash on June 22.

Erin was on her lunch break out side of Hungry Heart Bakery on SE 80th Avenue near Stark Street, when police say a she was hit by a dark-colored, full-size pickup (full suspect vehicle description below). The driver took off after the crash.

For the last three weeks, Erin fought for her life in the ICU.

“I think three weeks ago, when it happened, that was all I could think about ... it felt like it couldn't be real. Like something this bad couldn’t happen to someone you love,” her brother, Jesse Brenneman, said.

On Friday, Erin died from her injuries, family and friends surrounded her.

"There’s a real senselessness to this that has haunted a lot of us,” Erin’s roommate Brandon Rhodes said. “It’s been three weeks of kind of preparing, we are relieved that she’s out of pain and with her mom."

Now Jesse and Brandon say they hope to carry on her legacy.

“We miss her a lot; we just want to hear her make one of her caustic jokes,” Rhodes said.

“In addition to her humor, wit, and sarcasm, I think her legacy will be the legacy of selflessness and love she had for other people,” Jesse said.

They said they hope Erin's death can serve as a lesson to us all.

“We need to slow down and be careful of each other, these cars are dangerous and our lives are very fragile,” Rhodes said.

Police, along with Erin’s family members, are asking anyone with information to give police a call.

Based on surveillance footage, investigators believe she was hit by someone driving a dark colored mid-90s, full-size, four-wheel-drive pickup (similar to the above photo). The truck would likely have some minor damage to the front bumper and grill, officials said.

If you have any information, call police at 503-823-2216.

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