Teenage girl struck and killed in SE Portland; driver arrested
A teenage girl was struck and killed by a car while crossing Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Friday afternoon, and police arrested the driver involved.
Investigators say 20-year-old Abdulrahman Noorah was traveling westbound on Hawthorne at nearly 60 miles per hour when he struck the girl. His gold Lexus approached 43rd Ave. and was rapidly passing cars while traveling in the center lane, nearly colliding with a few cars near 44th Ave.
Police say after Noorah hit the teen, he continued speeding westbound on Hawthorne and made no attempt to stop. Eventually, he returned to the scene.
A witness who administered CPR told KATU the girl was 15 years old.
"All of the sudden (I) hear a collision of some sorts," said Christina Dunagan, who was working at a shop when the crash happened. "It was a soft one, not the normal crunching of a car. I knew that somebody had been hit."
Witnesses say the teenage girl was trying to get to the north end of Hawthorne. She had left a coffee shop, and witnesses said her mother was just feet from her when the girl was struck and killed.
The crash happened a little before 4 p.m.
Witnesses say one car stopped to let the girl cross and then the gold Lexus went around the car that was yielding to the teenager.
"A lot of people will stop and let people go but other people won't notice that's what they're doing," Dunagan said.
The girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Abdulrahman Noorah's license was already suspended. He was arrested for manslaughter, hit and run and reckless driving.
Investigators are still determining if intoxication was a factor in the crash.