PORTLAND – Police released a sketch Monday of the suspected driver in a deadly Southeast Portland hit-and-run that occurred on Halloween night.
Family members said 60-year-old David Charles Eklund was on the way to his mother’s home when he was hit by the SUV near the intersection of Southeast 71st Avenue and Powell Boulevard last Wednesday evening.
Witnesses told police the driver stopped for a moment, then took off. He was described as a white man in his 30s or 40s with short black hair. The vehicle was a smaller SUV, dark in color.
"People make mistakes, they get scared in situations like this. What we'd ask right now is for that person to come forward and explain what happened last night. There's a family out there and they need some answers," said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Jim Tommerup lives down the road from the busy intersection where the crash happened. “I feel bad for the family and obviously the person that got hit it’s just you’re always going to be the loser when you’re the pedestrian,” Tommerup said.
Investigators were looking at surveillance video from local businesses taken on the day of the hit-and-run, to see if the SUV may have been caught on camera.
KGW Reporter Jaqueline Sit contributed to this report