UPDATE (March 31, 2021) -- DRIVER, 14, TURNS SELF IN; TIPS, INFO STILL SOUGHT
Sheriff's Office investigators contracted to Happy Valley PD have identified the suspect driver in this hit-and-run case. The driver is a 14-year-old Clackamas County resident.
The driver turned himself in at the Clackamas County Juvenile Intake & Assessment Center this morning (Wednesday, March 31).
Thanks to everyone who sent tips. Anyone with additional information on this hit-and-run case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip . Please reference CCSO Case # 21-006411.
Three Clackamas County cities -- Happy Valley, Estacada and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.
EARLIER (March 30, 2021, 12:03 p.m.) -- Sheriff's Office seeks hit-and-run suspect after Cadillac driver hits motorcycle, flees, leaves behind grill, license plate
Please reference CCSO Case # 21-006411
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to ID a suspect in a morning hit-and-run that left a motorcyclist injured. The suspect fled the scene in a red Cadillac DTS -- leaving behind the Cadillac's grill and a license plate. Surveillance photos of the suspect are attached. [UPDATE (March 31): Because of the age of the suspect, these photos have been removed.]
The hit-and-run happened just before 7a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Rock Creek Junction in Happy Valley, where Highways 212 and 224 intersect.
The suspect vehicle -- a red 2009 Cadillac GTS -- was heading west on 212 and turning east onto 224. The suspect Cadillac ran a red light in the process, crashing into a 1986 Honda motorcycle.
The motorcyclist, 35, went over the Cadillac's hood, sustaining what appear at this writing to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect vehicle slowed down just long enough after the crash long enough for a witness to get information and a photo. The driver then fled the scene.
Deputies, officers and medical personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1, Oregon State Police and American Medical Response responded to the crash scene. The injured motorcyclist was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Left behind at the scene: large pieces of the front of the Cadillac, including its grill and license plate. Photos from the crash scene are linked above.
After fleeing the scene, the suspect pulled into the parking lot at the nearby Damascus Safeway. The suspect driver then entered the Safeway and made purchases before abandoning the vehicle (minus its grill) in the grocery parking lot.
Authorities were alerted by Safeway employees about a suspicious person in the parking lot. Deputies responded to the store and found the abandoned suspect Cadillac -- and retrieved store surveillance photos and footage of the male suspect driver.
Investigators are now asking for the public's help to ID the suspect.
TIPS SOUGHT: Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line — by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at https://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/tip . Please reference CCSO Case # 21-006411.
Sgt. Marcus Mendoza
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Unit