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Pedestrian Hit-and-run Caught on Camera in SE Portland

Date: July 4, 2015

Location: SE 60th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard

Name: Marlene Popps

Pedestrian Hit-and-run Caught on Camera

Saturday on Independence Day, a 60-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle at Southeast 60th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard.

Marlene Popps, 60, was taken to a Portland hospital with traumatic injuries.

A person caught the accident on video from a distance and that is currently the only piece of evidence investigators have to find the suspect.

We hope Marlene Popps 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.

Pedestrian May Be at Fault in Crosswalk Accident in Portland

Date:  January 3, 2012
Location:  Intersection North Benton Ave. & North Broadway, Portland
Names:  Dan Hart, Ahmed Ahmed

A pedestrian was struck and injured by a taxi driver Tuesday evening, but police say the man who was hit may have been crossing the road against a red light. The accident happened at the intersection of North Benton Ave. and North Broadway.

The Oregonian reports that Dan Hart was in a southbound crosswalk just after 6 p.m., when a westbound cab being driven by Ahmed Ahmed, 43, of Vancouver, struck Hart, throwing him up onto the hood and against the windshield.  Emergency responders said Hart had suffered injuries to his leg, and transported him by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Portland Police Lieutenant Robert King said Ahmed has not been cited, as witnesses suggested Hart was crossing the road against a red light. Investigations are ongoing.

We would like to wish Dan Hart a full and speedy recovery from his injuries after this frightening ordeal.

If a pedestrian is hit in a crosswalk, it is generally considered the driver’s fault. However, just like everything in the law, there are exceptions. If the pedestrian was drunk and wearing dark clothes and it was dark, the driver can sometimes escape prosecution. Or if a pedestrian darts out unexpectedly into an intersection, the law may take the driver’s side too. But in most cases, the law will consider it to be the driver’s fault, and the pedestrian or the pedestrian’s family will be able to get legal compensation. All cases are different, of course, so contact a knowledgeable lawyer if you have any questions about your case.

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