Man arrested for hit-and-run of pregnant woman walking across street downtown

I hadn’t even heard of the collision, but just got this statement from the PPB. Good to know they got the guy:

Posted: January 6th, 2011 2:56 PM

At approximately 12:30 p.m., yesterday, January 5, 2011, Portland Police responded to a pedestrian hit and run crash at Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Alder Street in downtown Portland. Callers to 911 reported that a pregnant female was struck by a black SUV type vehicle that drove away eastbound on Southwest Washington Street.

Following up on the leads provided by witnesses to the crash, Portland Police Traffic investigators were able to contact the owner of the suspect vehicle, 23-year-old Wondimagagn Ali of North Portland. Ali agreed to come to the Traffic Division today to be interviewed.

Ali admitted to investigators that he was the driver of the vehicle when the crash occurred. Ali was charged with Felony Hit and Run, cited for the Violation Driving While Suspended and Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk. He was lodged in the downtown Multnomah County Facility this afternoon.

The 35-year-old female victim from yesterday’s crash suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
13 years ago

…Violation Driving While Suspended…

Why does this not surprise me?! Legislature leaders can you not fix this broken system?

13 years ago
Reply to  Todd Boulanger

people that ride cars need to be licensed so they can be held accountable! oh, wait, wrong side of the argument… c(: