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Police: Driver hit and killed woman in SE Portland, fled scene

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A woman was hit and killed by a driver in Southeast Portland early Thursday morning, police said.

Portland police officers responded to the incident at Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street at 12:51 a.m.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they found a woman lying in the roadway with catastrophic injuries. Medics determined the woman was deceased.

After investigating, police believe the woman was using the crosswalk on the east side of Southeast 148th Avenue.

They say she was crossing northbound and had a walk signal when she was struck by a vehicle.

The driver who struck the woman left the crash scene.

Officers searched for the vehicle, but did not locate a suspect.

Police believe the suspect's vehicle is a white, four-door sedan that may or may not have front-end damage.

This intersection is among Portland's deadliest and Stark Street is listed as high-crash corridor.

For pedestrians who cross these streets regularly, they know the dangers.

"Speed. Speed is an issue, and it’s not very lit in this area, and so it’s really hard to see at night," said Keith Smith, who uses the same crosswalk that was a crime scene just hours earlier.

For others it's just a reality as Portland's roads continue to be filled to capacity.

"More and more people are coming here all the time, that’s just how it is and more people having cars, more chances for accidents," said Jovi Schwan, who walks through the area regularly.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division at 503-823-2103.

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