Hit-and-run crash kills Powellhurst-Gilbert pedestrian

So far, only the victim in this deadly outer East Portland collision has been identified, but the cowardly driver has not. See if you can help catch the culprit …

Officers begin to investigate a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

An hour after sunset on February 25, near Zenger Farm, a pedestrian was struck on SE Foster Road.

At 6:54 p.m. that evening, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were dispatched to the pedestrian vs. vehicle crash in Foster Road’s 11400 block..

Officers and paramedics came across an injured patient, an adult male, who was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. At the time his injuries were thought to be non-life threatening, but that proved not to be the case.

The man, hit by a vehicle, is made ready to be taken to a local hospital.

“Officers determined that a suspect struck the pedestrian with a vehicle, and then left the scene,” a PPB official stated.

Early on, officers conducted a traffic crash investigation, but the full PPB Major Crash Team (MCT) was not activated.
“However, later that evening, officers were notified that the patient’s injuries were more serious than initially believed, and that he died at the hospital,” the police spokesperson revealed.

A member of the PPB MCT was called to the crash scene to collect data. A PPB Traffic Investigations Unit officer has been assigned to the case.

On February 26 it police identified the deceased as 41-year-old Cedar C. Markey-Towler of Portland.

After ascertaining facts, an officer writes down his notes in his police cruiser.

No suspect has been found as of yet, but the suspect’s description is not being released at this time.

If you can give a tip that will help finger the fleeing driver, email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, or call (503) 823-2103. Either way, and reference Case No. 22-52950.

This is the 13th traffic fatality and 7th pedestrian-involved fatal crash of 2022.

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