Mother of hit-and-run victim: 'The driver who hit him is a coward'

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police are looking for a driver who took off after hitting a cyclist in Friday and sending him to the hospital.

Lewis and Clark student Henry Schmidt, 20, was riding his bike home from his job at Pok Pok when he was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of S.W. Barbur Blvd. and S.W. Capitol Highway.

The driver took off - police aren't even sure what kind of vehicle it was - and a passing bus driver eventually came across Schmidt.

Schmidt is at OHSU with several broken bones, including a broken clavicle.

Schmidt's mother, Kathi Sweet, said doctors dug glass out of his face and mouth, and said his backpack and clothes were shredded from the impact.

"Henry's not lying in there feeling angry," she said. "We're so thankful for the care that he's receiving and that he's going to recover. I mean that's really all that matters. But, the streets should be safe for everybody."

Aaron Oosterhart was on a bus that was driving by and stopped when the driver saw Schmidt.

"The bus driver all of a sudden said 'what the heck' and started pouring on the breaks," Oosterhart said. "I look out the front window and there's a crumpled up bike in the middle of the road."

Oosterhart then saw Schmidt on the ground a few feet away.

"His lower left leg was distorted and obviously very broken. It looked like it was a compound fracture," he said.

Another passenger found Schmidt's phone nearby and called a number listed as "dad" to alert his parents.

"The driver who hit him is a coward. He or she has such disregard for human life that they could leave another person in the road," Sweet said.

Schmidt was wearing a helmet and had working lights on his bike when he was hit. He's a math and engineering double major who is supposed to begin his senior year next month.

Police are asking for anybody with information to contact them.