PORTLAND, Ore. — A hit-and-run driver struck and killed a man riding an e-bike in Northeast Portland Tuesday afternoon, according to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) — the second such deadly crash in the city within a day's time.
Portland police officers responded to the intersection of Northeast 100th Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street in the Hazelwood neighborhood around 1:30 p.m. and found a man dead at the scene.
Witnesses said the driver who struck the victim was driving a truck pulling a flatbed trailer. They said he left the scene and headed northbound on 100th Avenue.
"Everybody saw the guy stuck on the trailer," Matt Butler told KGW, saying that he tried to run after the driver on foot. "Everybody just watching."
The victim had been on an e-bike pulling his dog in a bike trailer, the witness said. The dog reportedly survived, though the cyclist did not.
Officers found the suspect's truck about an hour after the crash, seizing it for evidence. PPB identified the driver as Kenlly Leyvachi, 41. He was located and booked into the Multnomah County Detention center on charges of first-degree manslaughter, reckless driving, and failure to perform the duties of a driver.
Northeast Glisan Street was temporarily closed between Northeast 99th and 102nd avenues as police conducted an investigation. PPB said that investigators are still collecting evidence connected to the crime.
This was Portland's second fatal hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian in less than 24 hours, and the 30th traffic death this year.
Around 9 p.m. Monday night, a driver hit and killed a pedestrian at the intersection of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Center Street by the Eastport Plaza shopping center.
The driver who struck him, identified by police as 40-year-old Frederick Deatric Moore, fled the scene before being arrested Tuesday morning, police said.
Moore is facing charges of second-degree murder and failure to perform the duties of a driver. He was booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center.
The names of the victims in either crash have yet to be released.
Both Leyvachi and Moore were arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Lyvachi's bail was set at $500,000, while Moore is being held without bail.