Intentional Hit-and-Run Driver Got Coffee After Leaving the Scene
Date: December 28, 2013
Location: Alder and Broadway, Portland
Name: Joseph Larson
Joseph Larson reported that he was walking through the downtown waterfront in Portland when the accident occurred. He was crossing at Alder and Broadway when he noticed a man in a truck was blocking the crosswalk. Larson attempted to go around, and the driver of the truck gunned the engine and hit him. Then, instead of stopping to help him, the man stopped down the street and got a coffee before leaving the scene.
Larson reported that he has 5 cracked ribs due to the impact. It was not reported if he was treated at the scene or if he was transported to an area hospital. No witnesses have come forward in relation to the accident.
Larson reported that the police have not yet been able to locate the driver of the truck he reports hit him. No specific description was given of the truck.
We would like to express our best wishes for a fast and full recovery to the man injured in this accident, Joseph Larson. We hope the person responsible for your injuries is located 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.