DEVELOPING: Multiple Casualties After Driver Plows Over Pedestrians in Downtown Portland

Three women were hospitalized Friday after a hit-and-run in downtown Portland.

A witness said the driver “gunned the motor” as he plowed over people leading some to believe this was possibly intentional.

Via The Oregonian:

Three women were hospitalized Friday morning following an apparent hit-and-run at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Montgomery Street in downtown Portland, according to witnesses at the scene.

One woman is in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, a spokesperson said. Another is in serious condition and the third is in fair condition. Police say there may be a fourth victim who left the scene.

The incident occurred at the Portland State University Urban Center, a hub that houses university departments, eateries and is the location of a MAX station and several bus stops.

Police said the women were walking along the east sidewalk of Sixth Avenue when they were struck.

Several witnesses say the vehicle was a blue, mid-sized SUV. Portland officers are searching the area for a 2005 Mazda Tribute, with front-end damage and a leaking radiator.

Christopher Bond told The Oregonian/OregonLive that he was nearly hit by a blue vehicle and said the driver “gunned the motor” as it sped toward him after already hitting three people.

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Lauren Peoples, who was downtown for a seminar, said she saw the SUV hit two women who were crossing at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Montgomery Street. She said the women were just about to reach the curb when they were struck.

The SUV was traveling in the transit-only lanes, Peoples said, and didn’t stop or slow down.

“I thought he was going to drag them down the street,” she said. “He just kept going down the street swerving.”

Peoples said she couldn’t tell if the crash was intentional.

Graphic video of the scene:

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