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Police offer reward for help in last week’s fatal hit-and-run

Posted by on September 3rd, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Police say this is similar to the suspect’s vehicle.

The Portland Police Bureau just released a statement and photo they hope will help them find the suspect in a fatal hit-and-run case that happened on NE 122nd Avenue last week.

On Thursday, August 27th at 2:15am, 52-year old James Wagner was struck and killed by someone driving what investigators believe to be a four-door Toyota Corolla similar to the one in the photo above. The police also say that the vehicle would have glass broken out of the headlight on the passenger side.

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Wagner was hit from behind while riding in the bike lane near the northbound lanes of 122nd Ave, just north of the I-84 overpass. The person driving the car did not stop. Police say witnesses report that the motor vehicle turned to the west somewhere north of Fremont Street.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Call them at (503) 823-HELP (4357) or leave a tip online at

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RyNO Dan

Any reason the PPB can’t catch the driver who dragged a cyclist shortly before this? They do have his license plate number, after all….

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El Biciclero

“…Last week’s…”

Did it take this long to get a vehicle description? I’m sure there are investigational/legal subtleties of which I am not aware, but why only now–a week later–are we interested in help finding the vehicle and driver? In other homicide cases, we see police sketches and hear vehicle descriptions on TV within hours; what gives?