Portland Police Name Suspect in Hit-and-Run That Killed 1 and Injured 9

Wire Service
By Wire Service
January 27, 2021USshare
Portland Police Name Suspect in Hit-and-Run That Killed 1 and Injured 9
The rear window of a Portland Police Department patrol vehicle that was damaged during unrest on North Mississippi Avenue in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 8, 2020. (Courtesy of Portland Police Bureau)

Police have named the suspected driver of the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident that killed a woman and injured nine other people in Portland, Oregon, on Monday.

Authorities identified the driver as Paul Rivas, 64, of Oregon City, according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau.

Rivas is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center, the statement said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office told CNN on Wednesday that it was “in the process of screening the case … to make a charging decision by by this afternoon’s court appearance.”

It was not immediately clear if Rivas has an attorney.

Jean Gerich, 77, of Portland died after being hit, according to the statement.

The Oregon state medical examiner has determined Gerich died of blunt force trauma and ruled her death a homicide, according to the statement.

Gerich’s family released a statement through police saying she was a longtime resident of Portland, a mother of two, and grandmother of five. “She received her first vaccination shot last week and was overjoyed to get out in the world again,” the statement said.

“We are grateful for the good Samaritans who were at the scene,” the family said.

Scene Stretched Over a Dozen Blocks

The incident left a total of 10 people injured, including Gerich. Police said two of those were cyclists, seven were pedestrians, and one victim couldn’t recall if they were in or out of their vehicle when they were hit. The scene stretched over more than a dozen blocks in southeast Portland, on both roads and sidewalks, officials said.

Police were first notified about an erratic driver around noon Monday and calls about injured people began shortly after 1 p.m. ET.

“Additional witness reports indicate the suspect was traveling approximately 50-60 mph in other parts of the neighborhood as he continued with his erratic driving,” police said.

The vehicle eventually crashed and the driver tried to run but was stopped by civilians until police arrived, authorities said.

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