Police identify woman killed by hit-and-run driver in Hillsboro, police find van

Image of the suspect's vehicle in a deadly hit-and-run - Image from Hillsboro Police.

HILLSBORO, Ore. – A 38-year-old woman died after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Hillsboro on Saturday night.

Police identified the woman Monday as Marjorie Averill.

According to Hillsboro Police, Averill and 47-year-old Timothy Mahan were walking along Northeast Cornell Road when about 7:40 p.m. Saturday they were struck by someone in a white van who was pulling out from 17th Avenue.

Police said the driver stopped at a stop sign at the intersection, hit the pair, then drove off. The driver was last seen heading east on Cornell Road.

"I figured it would stop; most people would've stopped at that point. I was banging on the hood and then it hit her and sped up and drug her for like a block," said Mahan. "It sped up. I thought that maybe it didn't know, and I'm, like, yelling at him, 'Hey!' It just kept going."

Mahan told KATU he was walking Averill home along Northeast Cornell Road after dinner when the driver struck them at the intersection. He survived with some wounds, but Averill was killed.

Jill Vannatan, Averill's roommate, made a memorial on the corner where she died so she wouldn't be forgotten.

"She was an amazing person. She was very full of life. She was always doing the right thing," she said. "She was 38 years old. She should be here. There's no closure for this."

Hillsboro police said Averill is the first pedestrian killed in their city this year.

Vannatan said she felt Cornell was a dangerous stretch of road, but now she's terrified of crossing the street.

"I don't think this is safe for the school even. There should be a crosswalk," she said.

Police said they located the van on Sunday, thanks to tips from the public.

They have a person of interest, but have not made any arrests.

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