PORTLAND, Ore. -- A great-grandfather who was injured in a hit-and-run crash last month has died.
The family of Charles “Chuck” Cade, 78, said Cade passed away on Friday. His wife Christine Cade, was still recovering from her injuries at a rehabilitation facility.
According to family, on the night of April 16, the Cades were driving home after an Easter gathering. When they reached the intersection of Southeast 122nd Avenue and Stark Street, Police said an SUV rear-ended Cade’s Ford Taurus, smashing it into a utility pole.
The driver has not come forward.
“It’s just very emotional, we all loved dad very much,” said Cade’s daughter, Vanessa Cade. “He was a very strong and loving man.”
Cade said her father dedicated his life to raising his five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“He always taught us to do the right thing, to have a conscience,” which Cade said makes how her father died even harder on her family.
“Whoever did this has now taken my father away, our father away, and that hangs really heavy over me,” said Cade. “They should be held accountable for their actions.”
Cade’s brother, Bruce Cade, hoped anyone who knows something about the case would report it
“Some guy at a gas station's going to notice a vehicle that wasn't damaged that's damaged now,” said Bruce Cade. “Just be accountable. Say you're sorry, do the right thing and man up.”
Police were looking for a dark, mid 2000's, full-size SUV with significant damage to the front end and passenger side. If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to call the Portland Police Bureau at 503-823-3333.