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Suspect sought in hit-and-run accident that sent man to hospital

Eli Beedle. (Contributed photo)

Family and friends are asking for the community’s help in locating a hit-and-run driver that sent a Portland man to the hospital late Thursday night.

Eli Beedle was on his way home from work and was transferring from a bus to the MAX train at Northeast 82nd Avenue. His partner, Ley Hazard, says he was in the crosswalk on Northeast 82nd Avenue at Jonesmore Street when he was hit by a vehicle traveling northbound. The vehicle drove off.

“He told me that he took out his phone as he was crossing, looked left, then looked right, then checked the time to see if the MAX was coming, then looked right again and saw a car that was too close for comfort,” said Hazard. “The next thing he knew he was on the cement.”

Family members say he flew 50 feet at impact. Beedle is covered in scratches and bruises. He has road rash on his torso, and a broken arm. Hazard says he may not have full use of his right hand for a few months.

Police are investigating the hit-and-run. They say the suspect vehicle is a tan-colored Honda CRV from around 2004.

“He's six foot, he's a pretty hefty guy, there is a big possibility he may have done damage,” said Hazard.

Hazard hopes someone in the community has more information about the accident or knows the driver and alerts police.

While Beedle recovers in the hospital, he may need help with medical bills. You can donate here on a GoFundMe page setup by his family.

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