UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed in Sunderland Neighborhood Hit-and-Run Crash Identified

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July 03, 2023 12:31


The pedestrian killed in the Sunderland Neighborhood hit-and-run crash is identified as Travis Philmlee, Jr., 26. His family has been notified of his death.

Preliminary investigation suggests that one or more occupants in a vehicle, described as a “lifted” white pickup truck, were throwing fireworks out onto the street as they were driving up and down Northeast 33rd Drive. People, including Travis Philmlee, Jr., came out of nearby RVs and into the street to confront the person throwing the fireworks. The unknown driver got into a vehicle, described as a black or silver sedan, and drove after the pickup truck. The pickup driver swerved to avoid Philmlee in the street, but the pursuing vehicle struck and killed Philmlee. After the crash, the driver left the scene in the vehicle.

The occupants of the pickup and the driver of the sedan are being sought by the Traffic Investigations Unit. If anyone has information about the vehicles or their occupants, please contact us at crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn:TIU and reference case number 23-171259.

This is the 31st Major Crash Team activation, 12th pedestrian fatality, and 31st traffic fatality for 2023 in the City of Portland.


***Original Message Below***

A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the Sunderland Neighborhood.

On Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 11:43p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash involving a pedestrian on Northeast 33rd Drive and Northeast Elrod Road. When officers and EMS arrived, they found an adult male pedestrian deceased at the scene. The driver involved left the scene before police were called. No suspect information is being released at this time.

The Portland Police Major Crash Team is responding to investigate. During the investigation, Northeast 33rd Drive is closed between Northeast Marine Drive and Northeast Columbia Boulevard.

If anyone has information about this crash, please contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-171259.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.



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