Great-grandmother speaks about hit-and-run accident

Tigard police still have no leads in hit-and-run case

Eleanor Hartwig says she doesn't remember anything about the impact, only feeling sick and waking up at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, Aug. 31, 2014. (Courtesy of Debbie Hartwig)
Eleanor Hartwig says she doesn't remember anything about the impact, only feeling sick and waking up at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland, Aug. 31, 2014. (Courtesy of Debbie Hartwig)

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN 6) — She was run down and left for dead more than a week ago, and for the first time, a Tigard great-grandmother is talking about the hit-and-run crime.

“The pain was excruciating,” said Eleanor Hartwig. “I could hardly stop breathing hard. The pain was so bad.”

Tigard police said Hartwig was hit on Aug. 31 around 12:30 p.m. on Southwest Springwood Drive near the Englewood Park Trail.

So far, authorities still have no leads in the case except for tire tracks that police said belong to a truck or SUV.

Hartwig, 86, said she walked near the trail daily.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “For 86-years-old, I’m in very good health.”

Hartwig doesn’t remember anything about the impact, only feeling sick and waking up at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland. Her shoulder was broken, ribs bruised and she had facial reconstruction surgery.

“I’m afraid I’m going to have to have work on my eye, and they’re hoping I won’t lose the sight,” said Hartwig, who added she doesn’t harbor any hard feelings toward the mysterious driver.

However, her daughter-in-law is upset.

“Hitting her was one thing,” said Debbie Hartwig. “It was the leaving her that was hard.”

Debbie Hartwig said speed isn’t a problem throughout the usually quiet neighborhood. The speed limit there is 25 mph and the speed bumps where Eleanor Hartwig was left were installed about a decade ago.

“Even if we don’t solve this, maybe it will make people think twice before they do something like that,” said Debbie Hartwig.

It could be another three weeks before Eleanor Hartwig can go home. She may be down, but she’s not out.

“I’ll be extra careful and leery about going out and crossing the street,” said Eleanor Hartwig. “But I can’t stop living.”

Anyone who has information about the hit and run incident is asked to call Tigard police at 503.718.2753 or send an email to tips@tigard-or.gov.

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