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Arrest made in Barbur hit-and-run case

Posted by on August 22nd, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Portland police have arrested a Lake Oswego woman in connection with a major hit-and-run last week on Southwest Barbur Boulevard.

Here’s the news release from the Portland Police Bureau:

29-year-old M. A. Clinton of Lake Oswego turned herself in to officers at Central Precinct this afternoon. She has been booked into jail on two counts of Felony Hit and Run.

The charges come as a result of the hit and run crash on Friday August 16, 2013 at 12:50 a.m., that left the victim, 20-year-old Henry Schmidt, injured on the side of the road on Southwest Barbur Boulevard near the Capitol Highway ramp.

An anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Oregon led investigators to the suspect vehicle, a black 2011 Subaru Legacy, at a body shop in Wilsonville, Oregon. Additional investigation identified the driver.

Clinton will be arraigned in Multnomah County Court on Friday.

As we’ve been reporting, a single driver’s actions aren’t the only factor at play on this consistently dangerous stretch of road, and we can only hope that the rest of this evening’s news coverage of the arrest will bear this in mind. In any case, stay tuned.

Update: KGW reports that “Clinton was driving with a suspended license, and according to court documents, she was convicted three times for speeding violations in Oregon.”

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Nate
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29 year old gal from Lake Oswego…I cannot wait to hear how entitled her excuse is going to be.

Good on ya, anonymous tipster.

Todd Hudson
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Todd Hudson

She was also driving on a suspended license. I hope the Multnomah County DA finds the largest book possible to throw at her.

http://www.kgw.com/news/Woman-arrested-in-SW-Portland-hit-and-run–220734531.html

El Biciclero
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El Biciclero

I more and more firmly believe that confiscation of cars and PERMANENT license revocation for those caught driving suspended/revoked needs to be the rule. This lady should not ever drive again.

Alan 1.0
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Alan 1.0

Thank you, PPD.

Ryan Good
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Ryan Good
PNP
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PNP

Too bad we’ll never know how drunk or high she may have been, but I’m glad she had enough of a conscience to turn herself in. Not enough to stop and help the young man she almost killed, but I guess we’ll take what we can get.

dwainedibbly
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dwainedibbly

Who knows what evidence she destroyed or metabolized, or what assets she transferred. Jail time and financial ruin are too good for her, but I’d love to serve on either jury!!

Sunny
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Sunny

I know a body shop in Wilsonville that’s pretty well secluded from passing traffic. I bet it was chosen in the hopes that none of the public would spot her car.

dan
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dan

Is it wrong to think that she should be sentenced to biking up and down Barbur from dark to about 3 a.m. for 40 or 50 consecutive weekends?

davemess
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davemess

I am guessing this website had a lot to do with the generation of that anonymous tip. Good job guys in getting the word out!

Sunny
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Sunny

She’s a recent California transplant. Oh noes!

Carter Kennedy
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Carter Kennedy

There seem to be some bitter feelings out there. “Financial ruin is too good for her.” I don’t know about that, but she owes her victim a lot of compensation. The little we know suggests that she feels quite entitled to do whatever she wants, regardless of the law and the rights of others. Maybe prosecution will bring her down a notch or two. I hope she doesn’t have a Lake Oswego lawyer who gets her out of any jail time.

TOM
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TOM

hmmm ….KGW doesn’t seem to know about KATU’s assistance in this case ??

>>Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying the hit-and run suspect after officers located evidence at the scene that was from a Subaru.

http://www.kgw.com/news/Woman-arrested-in-SW-Portland-hit-and-run–220734531.html

Maren
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I’m very impressed by Schmidt’s attitude about the driver. I would love to see some sort of restorative, rather than retributive, justice approach in a case like this. There are no winners, but there are always opportunities for healing if both parties are willing. Regardless of what happens, though, I am glad the driver has been identified, and I wish Henry all the best on his road to recovery.

Sunny
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Sunny

How was the ride for Schmidt yesterday?

One Less :(
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One Less :(

9 traffic violations in just under 4 years, license suspended more than once and still behind the wheel, sounds like someone who cares only about themselves and could care less who they hurt. Sure, she was hit-n-run last year in her car so she probably feels entitled to this hit-n-run as payback for what happened to her. Her pitiful ‘woe is me’ face makes me dislike her even more. She needs to be unable to drive for years and then forced to ride that stretch of road daily to understand what it feels like to be buzzed 50 times in a short stretch of road. What she did is ridiculous and hope the DA doesn’t bend over and take one for the team by giving her any kind of plea deal. She hit-n-run and then had the balls to try and repair the car out of town. If it wasn’t for the mechanic being an honest guy she would’ve gotten away with it.

Beyond that, I want to know who the mechanic is so I can take my car to him for some engine work as a thank you.

Sandra
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Sandra

She took her car to get it repaired by a mechanic she knew and trusted. Her head was fully on her shoulders and she wouldn’t have turned herself in unless she was compelled to. Throw the book at her.

Also, the police’s failure to collect the evidence at the scene was untimely and can’t be explained by ‘budget cuts’ (as we see in the KATU footage).

Until we are a public body who empathizes first as a someone who rides bikes rather than as someone who drives cars, this is the status quo. Thanks to Jonathan and KATU staff for this coverage – the ‘story’ wouldn’t be what it is without you.

jim
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jim

Driving on a suspended license probably means the ins. co. isn’t going to pay anything, that is if she did have ins.. If she does it is probably just the minimum which won’t be enough to pay very much of the hospital bills. If she owns property they may have to go after that.

paul g.
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paul g.

One wonders if she’d been a Latino at 102nd, if we’d hear anti Latino comments. Or an African American from around Roosevelt, if we’d hear anti Black comments. Or …

Folks. Her history of traffic violations is all that matters here. Not her age, not her race, and not the address on her license.

Geeb
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Geeb

i-5 is packed and practically stopped dead during rush hour and buses are standing room only. We should have more frequent bus service during rush hour and maybe provide parking near bus stops out of town to encourage more people to ride. We need a safe bike lane to ride downtown. There is the Terwilliger trail but not everyone can do those elevations.

I live near the intersection of Barbur and Terwilliger and we lost two telephone poles within less than a year to speeding cars, one of those resulting in the death of the driver and both drivers managed to somehow achieve the speed to do that in the one block between traffic lights heading toward town. A young woman coming south on Barbur from the direction of downtown somehow jumped the divider, drove through a fence and hit a house, killing herself. Her family still leaves memorials of flowers and notes at the site of her death and I see them every day. A young motorcyclist doing 100 mph killed himself and his girlfriend when he hit a cement pylon up Barbur from my house and people still leave flowers at the site of their deaths.

I’ve called and sent emails to the city and to ODOT to complain about the intersection by my house, where no one stops for the stop sign as they go onto Barbur and many cars do a quick u-turn in the intersection or speed through the side streets, because I’m afraid to let my kids walk the two blocks to the bus after watching them almost get mowed down by commuters a few times but the response was that no changes were needed. I don’t let them walk to school because we have to cross Terwilliger at Chestnut and no driver seems to do less than 10 miles over the posted 25mph speed limit and no driver has ever stopped there for a pedestrian in my memory. I’ve sent emails asking for a stoplight or even just a sign at that intersection but those were not answered. I fill out the Safe Routes survey every year, describing in detail why I won’t let my kids walk or bike to school and there is never any comment back. I refuse to let my children ride their bikes on Barbur and I don’t ride because it’s too dangerous; the bike lane is too narrow, people drive too quickly, too crazily and too irresponsibly and I’m afraid to be hit.

And let’s not forget Angela Burke, struck and killed by a speeding drunk three years ago on Barbur while walking her bike.

ben
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ben

Also, since the suspect is a female. My guess she will get 2 years sentence tops.

chasingbackon
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chasingbackon

True justice would be this hit and run driver never getting behind the wheel of an automobile again. Anything else will fall short and be a continuation of the status quo that treats non motorized roadway users as second class citizens. I have a dream that someday drivers will pay attention while operating their vehicles because they know the consequences are serious and long term, just like the physical and emotional damage to vulnerable roadway users hit by moving autos.

Today I go out the door yet again knowing i take my chances on my 5 mile bicycle commute to work. And some people don’t think we should stripe Foster. Sickening.

Dan V
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Dan V

How did she know the police were on to her? I would hate to think the body shop called her to tip her off, as that would be aiding and abetting… Maybe getting cuffed in front of friends and family would convince her of the seriousness of the crime.

Steve Scarich
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Steve Scarich

I have a bit of a draconian suggestion regarding getting drunk and suspended drivers off the streets. Do a public notification, with emphasis on neighborhood of offender, of the bad driver’s status. Offer a significant reward for proven reporting of driving after suspension. The public is entitled to know that there is a dangerous driver in their midst.

Dan Morgan
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Dan Morgan

Perhaps the issue is that the car leads to unethical behavior, as
per NPR this morning: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=214723178&m=214724839

El Biciclero
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El Biciclero

“You’ll also need to include mandatory liability for anyone lending any automobile to such a probationary driver, from friends to rental agencies.”

It’s called, “you’re liable to lose your vehicle if you lend it to a suspended/revoked driver”. Unless it has been reported stolen, any car found being driven by a suspended driver should be confiscated and sold. Proceeds go to your friendly neighborhood Police Association.

Kristen
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Kristen

KATU reports that the mechanic saw the news reports and called her to tell her that he was calling the police and that she should turn herself in. Then he suited actions to words.

The report goes on: “According to police, she turned herself in after they knew where the car was but before they had made contact with her. She posted $1,000 bail and was released from jail late Thursday night.”

Kudos to the mechanic for doing the right thing. And shame on the Portland Police and this woman for their actions in this crime.

TOM
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TOM

My $.02

that woman is a road menace and should no longer be extended the privilege of operating a motor vehicle. ever.

Pete
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Pete

Damn! I’m looking for a good body shop but unfortunately am a few hundred miles away from Wilsonville.

Heal up fast, Henry!

RAMBOZ
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RAMBOZ

Maybe an addendum to a license revocation should be you cannot have a car registered in your name, and if caught driving a car in someone elses name, charges can be broughtup against that person as well.

esther c
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esther c

Hilarious if you look at her FB page, either she is the virgin mary or she had the sense to clean it up. All pictures of her and her son.

I do think its impossible to judge her from the fact that she lives in L.O. There are apartments there that working class people can live in. I think I read somewhere that she is a waitress.

I am plenty willing to judge her for mowing someone down on the road and leaving them to die rather than stopping and calling an ambulance for them to save their life if necessary.

Spiffy
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looks like she’ll get her license revoked for 5 years… she’s guilty of 3 of these just from this incident…

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/Pages/driverid/suspreasons.aspx

Habitual Offender Program

DMV will revoke your driving privileges for five years if you are convicted of three or more of the following offenses within a five year period:

* Any degree of murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, recklessly endangering another person, menacing or criminal mischief resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle.
* Driving while under the influence of intoxicants.
* Driving while your driving privileges are suspended or revoked.
* Reckless driving.
* Failure to perform the duties of a driver after a collision.
* Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.

Oregon Mamacita
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Oregon Mamacita

Driver behavior that threatens human life definitely merits a jail term.
In order to keep the streets safer, we also need to actually enforce the laws that prohibit bars from serving the visibly intoxicated. It’s been a while since a bar was sued for serving a drunk who later crashed. Punishing the bars along with the drivers is a must. Unfortunately, the alcohol lobby is standing in the way of safer streets.

Joe
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Joe

make her ride a bike for a year to get idea of what its like. or ban her from driving until she grows up.

TOM
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TOM

any updates ?

jay nitz
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jay nitz

I am not saying it’s right to leave someone on the side of the road but you ALL dont know what you would have done of you were in the same situation!

Dwayne Dibbly
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Dwayne Dibbly

Yeah, I do. And it would not have been that!