Reward offered for driver who ran down Centennial teen

Read the details of this case, and you’ll see why Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information in solving it …

Portland Police come to investigate and accident that left a teenager laying injured, in the mud – and the vehicle that struck him nowhere to be found.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Sunday evening, October 27, might have been just another night, when 19-year-old Kenton Lett was walking home in the Centennial neighborhood.

But, at 8:34 p.m., all that changed when a vehicle careened into him, and then sped off.

An ambulance crews scoops up injured teenager Kenton Lett, and then he’s rushed to the hospital with injuries caused by a hit-and-run driver.

“Lett was walking north along along SE 148th Avenue, from Rhine Court toward SE Powell Boulevard,” recounted Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “He was struck by a northbound car driven by an unknown person. Witnesses told police that the car stopped momentarily, then left the area – continuing northbound on SE 148th Avenue.”

Paramedics performed an on-scene medical assessment, and then took Lett to a Portland hospital. “He was treated for multiple facial and leg injuries,” Simpson said.

Now, in addition to coping with cerebral palsy, the young man is recuperating at home, dealing with a leg broken in two places, a broken jaw – his jaw is wired closed – and lost three teeth, according to his mother, Dawn Lett.

Both mother and son have similar sentiments about the incident.

“I can’t imagine hitting a person and then not even stopping to see if they’re alive,” the mother told reporters. She added that if a friend hadn’t been walking with him, he might have been lying there for “quite some time” before help was summoned.

Hit-and-run victim Kenton Lett tells reporters he wants to see the driver that struck him down – and drove off – is brought to justice.

“If whoever hit me confesses,” Kenton said, “He’ll be in a lot less trouble than if the police find him.”

Nonetheless, he said, “I want him to get caught.”

Simpson said the vehicle is described as “a dark-colored older sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile or Buick.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony. You can remain anonymous.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at their website: CLICK HERE to open the tip page. Or, call text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

If you have direct information this case, contact PPB Officer Erik Koppang at Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-2216 or erik.koppang@portlandoregon.gov.

© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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