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PORTLAND The woman accused of hitting a cyclist on Barbur Boulevard and leaving him for dead in August changed her plea to guilty Friday in a Multnomah County court.

Miriam Clinton, 29, pleaded guilty to assault, DUII, and failure to perform the duties of a driver. She initially entered an automatic plea of not guilty in her first appearance on Aug. 22 after she was arrested and booked in jail on two counts of felony hit-and-run.

Background: Woman accused of Barbur Blvd hit-and-run appears in court

Clinton turned herself in to police after an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers led investigators to the suspected vehicle at a body shop in Wilsonville. Further investigation by the police identified her as the driver.

On a Friday morning in August, 20-year-old Henry Schmidt was walking his bike along Barbur Boulevard near Capitol Highway 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.

Schmidt, a student at Lewis And Clark College, was in the trauma ICU at Oregon Health & Science University with several broken bones, a laceration to his spleen, fractures in his spine, bad road rash and bruises.

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

On Friday, KGW spoke with Schmidt who was released from the hospital and has been slowly recovering. All of his casts were removed, but he still walks with a limp.

The dependency is kind of stressful. I was an avid cyclist and that s shot, he said. There s a certain fear that comes with post trauma.

And even though Schmidt said what happened was reprehensible, he still has sympathy for Clinton.

I still very much feel all people need to be treated with kindness and compassion. Her guilty plea and a potential 40-month prison sentence it s not a cause for celebration, he said. It can t be easy to be a single mother looking at a jail sentence. On the other hand there needs to be some sort of action.

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

More: Barbur hit-and-run suspect has suspended license, speeding tickets

Clinton s sentencing hearing was scheduled for Nov. 15.

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