Police Looking for Driver After Hit and Run Crash in SE Portland
Date: October 27, 2013
Location: 148th Ave, Southeast Portland
Name: Kenton Lett
Police report that Kenton Lett, 19, was walking online the northbound side of 148th Ave in the evening when he was hit by a car. The car was reported to be a dark-colored, older sedan. The vehicle stopped for minute, and then left the scene.
Police arrived at the scene to find the young man had suffered serious injuries, including multiple facial and leg injuries. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition was not reported.
Police are now searching for the driver of the car. The vehicle was reported to be a dark color and possibly and Oldsmobile or Buick. A reward of up to $1000 is being offered for anyone who can give information that leads to the identification of the hit and run driver. Anyone with this information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-4357. Tips can also be reported online at the Crime Stoppers website.
We hope that the pedestrian, Kenton Lett, is able to make a full recovery from his injuries. We also hope that this hit and run driver is found and held accountable for their actions.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 hit and run injury accidents in the state every year. These often tragic and disturbing crashes affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. – and often greatly affect their families as well.
ORS 811.705 explains that it is a criminal offense to hit a person, animal, or private property and leave the scene without rendering aid, exchanging information, and reporting the accident to the DMV. This failure to perform the duties of a driver is a crime, and in some instances, a felony.
Just because you don’t know who hit you, doesn’t mean you can’t get help. In Oregon, every driver is required to have at least $25,000 in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage. This means you can file a claim with your own insurance.
Filing a claim with your own insurance can be confusing, however, so talk to a dedicated Portland hit and run attorney to discuss your case for free, or consider ordering our Free Oregon Accident Book to learn more about UIM insurance coverage.