Police Seek Public Help to Identify SE Portland Hit and run Driver
Date: January 9, 2014
Location: Intersection of Southeast Powell Boulevard and 31st Avenue, Southeast Portland
Name: Max Martin
The critically injured man has been identified as Max Martin. Police said that they have received reports of the accident that occurred at around 9 pm and found Martin suffering from traumatic injuries.
The accident occurred when Martin was crossing south to north. He had successfully negotiated the eastbound lanes and was crossing the west bound lanes when a silver or white travelling in the northernmost lane struck him and continued without stopping.
Police have asked the public to come forward with any information they have regarding the accident.
We extend our sympathies to the injured man and hope he recovers quickly and completely.
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.
We send our best wishes to all of the victims of these terrible crimes, and especially to Martin. We wish you a speedy and complete recovery.
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.