Portland Man Injured in Gresham Hit-and-run
Date: June 15, 2015
Location: Southeast 162nd Avenue
Name: Mario Polk
Monday morning a Portland man was left injured in the street after a collision with a car in Gresham.
A white Ford Crown Victoria hit Mario Polk, 39, as he was crossing Southeast 162nd just north of Stark Street.
The car left the scene and Polk was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Police later found the Ford parked near the 2600 block of Southeast 127th Avenue. The driver and the passenger are described as men in their mid-20s to mid-30s. Witnesses said it seems the vehicles passenger was in a verbal argument with Polk before the collision.
We hope Mario Polk is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.
According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.
We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, DuBois Law Group LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you are helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.
In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.
In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:
- They did not have insurance.
- They were driving intoxicated.
If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.
If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.
We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.
Posted on June 18, 2015, in Hit and Run, Pedestrian Accidents, personal injury and tagged collision, gresham, Hit and Run, Mario Polk, pedestrian accident, pedestrian collision, Personal Injury, Portland, Southeast 127th Avenue, Southeast 162nd Avenue, Stark Street. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.