PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police continue to search for a driver who sped away from a Southeast Portland crash that killed a man earlier this month.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. May 5 on Southeast 82nd Avenue, just south of Flavel Street. Responders found Theodore Cornelius Jones, 45, on the sidewalk suffering from traumatic injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.
The driver who fled may have been driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspect continued southbound on 82nd Avenue after hitting Jones, police said.
The driver of a red pickup was following the suspect. Investigators hope that person will come forward as a potential witness.
Police said Jones was trying to cross the street just south of Flavel when he was hit. Investigators released video from the motel where the man was staying, that showed what happened.
"From the video it looked like the pedestrian saw the vehicle coming, tried to hurry across the street, just didn’t make it. The vehicle struck the pedestrian and just kept going," said Sgt. Erin Smith of the police bureau's traffic division.
Jones was thrown from the edge of the street onto the sidewalk.
A distraught woman who gave KGW her first name only said she saw it all happen, then went to comfort the dying man.
"I was just letting him know that, 'It’s OK. You’re not alone, everything’s going to be OK. Hang in there," Tamara said.
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