Woman holds dying man’s hand after hit-run crash

Witnesses saw small grey or dark colored sedan flee

A pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver on SE 82nd Avenue, May 5 2017. (KOIN)
A pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver on SE 82nd Avenue, May 5 2017. (KOIN)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was hit and killed by a driver who made no attempt to stop in a crash a witness said sounded like a collision between cars.

The crash happened around 4:33 a.m. on SE 82nd just south of Flavel. Police said the early indications show the driver was in a small grey or dark-colored sedan and continued south after hitting the pedestrian.

A pedestrian was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver on SE 82nd Avenue, May 5 2017. (KOIN)

Becky Fausone, who works at the 7-Eleven at 82nd and Flavel, said she “heard a collision, like it sounded like he hit another car.”

She called 911 after she heard another woman crying out for someone to help the pedestrian.

“I was just letting him know that it’s OK, I’m here,” that woman, Tamara, told KOIN 6 News. “You’re not alone. Everything is going to be OK. Hang in there.”

She held the man’s hand and encouraged him to keep breathing.

This woman named Tamara held the hand of a dying man after he was hit by a car on SE 82nd near Flavel, May 5, 2017 (KOIN)
This woman named Tamara held the hand of a dying man after he was hit by a car on SE 82nd near Flavel, May 5, 2017 (KOIN)

“And I told him, ‘I can’t hear you, you’re not talking to me,’ and he came back. He started making those sounds again,” she said, fighting back tears.

“The guy didn’t even attempt to stop at all,” she said.

Tamara learned later the man died at the hospital. She wants the driver to come forward “to do what’s right for the family.”

Authorities would also like to speak with the driver of a red truck that was traveling southbound on SE 82nd Ave at the time of the crash.

In July 2016, a 25-year-old cyclist died after hitting a box truck at the intersection of SE 82 and Flavel.

Flowers left at the site where a pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver on May 5, 2017. (KOIN)
Flowers left at the site where a pedestrian was killed by a hit-and-run driver on May 5, 2017. (KOIN)