PORTLAND, Ore. – The suspect in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 37-year-old man turned himself in to Portland police early Friday morning.
Police have identified the victim as Corey Deshawn Simmons.
The crash was first reported at 11:19 p.m. Thursday, at Southeast 148th Avenue and Stark Street. Simmons was dead when officers arrived at the scene.
Israel Aldama-Sanchez, 23, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of criminally negligent homicide and failure to perform the duties of a driver.
Noel Mickelberry with Oregon Walks says crashes happen too often on streets like Division and Stark in Southeast Portland.
“Streets in east Portland are much more dangerous than anywhere else in the city. We continually see people who are walking, getting hit, getting killed on these streets and we just have to invest in them and make them safer,” said Mickelberry.
She said speeds need to be lowered across the board and streets need to be redesigned.
“These are transit routes. These are job corridors. So people are needing to get across these streets and we haven't built them for that,” Mickelberry said.
For now, police say they're out patrolling high crash areas. They’re handing out warnings and hoping people slow down.
“People either aren't paying attention, they're driving too fast, they're intoxicated, they're distracted and people are getting hurt and killed,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Officers are still investigating. Police have not released details about what happened leading up to the crash.