PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A reward of up to $2500 is now being offered to help solve the hit-and-run crash that killed a 45-year-old man in Southeast Portland.
Theodore Cornelius Jones was crossing SE 82nd just south of Flavel around 4:30 a.m. on May 5 when he was hit by a speeding car. The crash, captured on video, shows Jones trying to hurry across the lanes as the car bears down on him.
“They’re determining it was speeding, substantially,” Jones’ sister in law Dana Jones told KOIN 6 News. “He saw it, but he tried to finish crossing the street and he didn’t make it.”
Jones was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries. The video led investigators to determine the driver of a smaller, dark-colored sedan continued south on 82nd.
The car likely suffered hood and windshield damage, authorities said.
Dana said he was a great guy with “the biggest heard in the whole world.”
“He loved his family, spent a lot of time with me and my daughters,” Dana said. “He loved to go camping and fishing.”
Dana was devastated to learn about his death and to have to tell her kids the news. She thinks he must have woken up early and went to the 7-Eleven across the street for a drink.
She hopes the person responsible will come forward to give their family closure.
“Someone could’ve been scared, but you gotta come forward and to the right thing,” she said.
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.”
“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 Jones’ hand and encouraged him to keep breathing.
Tamara learned later Jones 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.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering the reward.
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