Update: Portland Police arrest truck driver in fatal hit and run

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January 19, 2012 14:39

  

Update: The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division has arrested 53-year-old Bruce Allen SMITH and he has been charged him with Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver [B Felony].

On October 4, 2011 the Major Crash Team was called out to investigate a fatal hit and run to a pedestrian at Northeast 82nd Way and Alderwood Road. The victim, 21-year-old Abaynesh Awokie was struck and killed by a tractor/trailer driven by Smith as she walked from the nearby MAX station to her place of employment. Smith did not stop.

By the end of that day, Traffic Division investigators had identified the tractor, trailer, and driver involved in that crash. More than 100 hours of investigation went into this case and it was ultimately presented to a Multnomah County Grand Jury. The grand jury returned an indictment of one count of felony hit and run [811.705]. This is enhanced to a class B felony when it results in death or serious physical injury.

This morning Smith was booked into the Multnomah County jail.

###Original Message###

On Tuesday October 4, 2011, at 6:03 a.m., Port of Portland Police officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck at the intersection of Northeast 82nd and Alderwood, near the Portland Airport. When officers arrived the found 21-year-old female Abanesh Awokie lying in the street mortally wounded. Medical personnel responded and determined that Awokie was deceased.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to assist the Port Police with the crash investigation as initial observations led officers to believe that Awokie may have been the victim of a hit and run.

Investigators from the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Investigations Unit have now identified the truck and the driver involved in the fatal hit and run crash.

The driver and the trucking company are cooperating with the investigation. The truck belongs to a company called Mail Carriers, Inc., and is a contractor working for the United States Postal Service.

No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Chris Johnson at (503) 823-2213 or chris.johnson@portlandoregon.gov

###PPB###

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