Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CORRECTION - UPDATE: Major Crash Team Responding to Hit and Run Accident Involving Pedestrian (Photo)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 20th, 2017 2:36 PM
Downloadable file: Weifu Ma
The subject was arrested near the intersection of Southeast 130th Place and Southeast Mitchell Court, not Southeast 130th Avenue and Southeast Mitchell Court.



The 70-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle early this morning is currently in a Portland hospital and is expected to survive her injuries. The driver involved in the hit and run crash was identified as 25--year--old Weifu Ma of Portland.

Traffic officers learned that Ma was driving his BMW eastbound on Southeast Division Street when he struck a woman who was crossing Southeast Division Street from the southwest corner to the northwest corner of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street. A witness stated the woman was inside the crosswalk and had a walk signal as she walked across the roadway with her walker.

A witness who was in another vehicle called 9-1-1 immediately, then followed the suspect as he left the crash location. The witness provided police with updates regarding Ma's location as he traveled through the neighborhood. Near the intersection of Southeast 130th Avenue and Southeast Mitchell Court, Ma collided with the witness' vehicle in an attempt to flee the area. Police arrived and placed Ma in custody.

Weifu Ma was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver -- Felony, Reckless Driving, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.



On Tuesday June 20, 2017, at 5:02 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a pedestrian was hit by a driver on Southeast 122nd Avenue at Southeast Division Street and that the involved driver left the scene.

Officers and medical personnel arrived in the area and found a woman suffering from traumatic injuries. The victim has been transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries.

Preliminary information indicates that the suspect driver crashed into the pedestrian and drove away from the crash scene. An alert citizen contacted police and assisted in locating and apprehending the suspected hit and run driver.

Preliminary information suggests impairment was a factor in this crash.

Southbound Southeast 122nd Avenue south of Southeast Division Street is closed. Two eastbound lanes of Southeast Division Street west of Southeast 122nd Avenue are also closed. Currently one eastbound lane of Southeast Division Street is open. As the Major Crash Team continues to investigate this crash there is a possibility the entire intersection at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Division Street may be closed. The intersection will likely be effected by the investigation for the next three to four hours.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call 503-823-3333.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland's Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390

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