Barbur hit, run suspect has suspended license, speeding tickets

Barbur hit, run suspect has suspended license, speeding tickets

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

kgw.com

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 11:29 AM

PORTLAND – Officers arrested a woman Thursday for the hit-and-run injury of a 20-year-old man in Southwest Portland Friday, police said.

Miriam Clinton, 29, of Lake Oswego turned herself in to officers and was booked in jail on two counts of felony hit-and-run, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.  She posted bail and was released from jail Thursday night.

KGW learned Clinton was driving with a suspended license, and according to court documents, she was convicted three times for speeding violations in Oregon.

An anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers led investigators to the suspected vehicle at a body shop in Wilsonville. Further investigation by the police identified the driver, Simpson said.

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, Henry Schmidt was walking his bike while coming home from work at a restaurant when he was hit on Barbur Boulevard near Capitol Highway.

He was in the trauma ICU at OHSU. KGW learned Schmidt was discharged from the hospital Thursday night

Schmidt had several broken bones, a laceration to his spleen, fractures in his spine, bad road rash and bruises.

After the news broke about the suspect being arrested, KGW talked to Schmidt who was still recovering at OHSU.

“I’m certainly not celebrating. I’m happy to see it happening. This is a young woman who made a poor choice and now has to deal with it and the criminal justice system can be very severe,” he said.

Background: Man hospitalized after SW Portland hit-and-run

Early Friday, a bus stopped after seeing Schmidt in the road, and two people got off the bus to help him. One of the people called his parents from the cell phone in his backpack.

On Monday, KGW spoke with Schmidt in a hospital bedside interview. He said he owed his life to the people who stopped and saved him.

"People have demonstrated their aptitude for good so much more than for evil in this sort of situation," he said.

Schmidt was hopeful the suspect would come forward.

"Even if all that they did was move me off to the side, call 911, and leave, that would have been so much better than leaving me with my head inside the road," he said.

Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying the hit-and run suspect after officers located evidence at the scene that was from a Subaru.

Additional evidence was collected a few days later that appeared to belong to a black 2011 or 2012 Subaru Legacy 25i sedan, which investigators believed was the vehicle in the hit-and-run, said Peter Kurronen with the Portland Police Bureau.

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Police originally identified the suspect as Mariam Clinton. KGW has since learned the correct spelling of her first name is Miriam, which this story reflects.

 

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