PORTLAND – A man struck Friday by a hit-and-run driver in Portland said Monday he owed his life to the good Samaritans who stopped to help him.
Henry Schmidt, 20, was walking his bike along Barbur Boulevard near Capitol Highway early Friday morning when he was hit from behind by a car. The driver didn’t stop.
A TriMet bus driver saw Schmidt in the road and stopped. Two passengers got off the bus to help him. One of them used Schmidt’s cell phone to call his parents in Los Angeles.
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Schmidt said from his hospital room Monday that his faith in humanity has not been shaken by the hit-and-run.
“People have demonstrated their aptitude for good so much more than evil in this sort of situation," he said.
“Thank you so much,” he said to the people who stopped to help. “I'm alive because of what you did. So thank you."
He stood up Monday for the first time since the crash. He was showing signs of improvement, but doctors said he still has a long road to a full recovery.
Schmidt was wearing a helmet when he was hit, and his bike lights were on, but he was walking the bike because it had a flat tire.
Anyone with information on the crash was asked to call the Portland Police Bureau.
KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.