14-Year-Old Girl Injured in Hit and Run Crash
Date: April 28, 2014
Location: Powell Boulevard, SE Portland
Name: Victoria Courtney
Police report that Victoria Courtney was crossing Powell Boulevard when the collision occurred. She was in a marked crosswalk and crossing with the signal. Then, a gold-colored, mid-size SUV that was possibly a Lexus attempted to turn onto westbound Powell and collided with the girl.
Courtney reports that the driver stopped a little ways down the street, and began motioning for her to come to the SUV. However, the young lady had suffered a broken foot in the collision and was unable to stand. When she didn’t get up, the SUV driver got back into her vehicle and drove away.
Courtney was able to give a description of the hit and run driver. She was reported to be a white female in her 40s, who is possibly 5’3” to 5’4” tall. It was reported the woman had black and silver hair. She was said to be wearing dress slacks, and a purple shirt with silver sequins.
Anyone with information about this hit and run is to encouraged share what they know either via the police non-emergency line at 503.823.3333 or through email at CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.
We would like to wish Victoria Courtney a fast and full recovery. We hope that the careless driver who hit her and then left her injured in the roadway is found quickly and held accountable for her 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.