PORTLAND, Ore. -- A family is asking for the community’s help in tracking down the hit-and-run driver who injured their loved one.
“It hurt,” said Heather Paynter, the victim’s sister. “I was devastated.”
Paynter says her brother, Eli Beedle, has been hospitalized since the night of May 11. She says he was in a crosswalk near Northeast 82nd and Jonesmore Street when he was struck by a northbound vehicle.
“He was thrown 50 feet,” said Paynter.
Paynter says what makes it worse is the driver did not stop to check on Beedle.
“He was bloody and laying in the street and they didn’t take the time to stop.”
Beedle suffered a broken arm, a broken leg, and a concussion among other injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery but it will not be easy.
“He’s healing,” said Paynter. “It’s just a slow road.”
The recovery, Paynter says, is made more difficult by the driver who has not been held accountable. Paynter believes he or she knows what they did.
“He’s 6-feet tall and 300 pounds,” she said. “He’s not a tiny guy.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses.