Grieving Mom Speaks Out – Son Killed By Hit And Run Driver

Portland, Oregon- A grieving mother is speaking out after her 24-year-old son was killed in a hit and run in North Portland. Police say the driver sped away from the crash scene on North Fessenden Sunday night. Bystanders tried to save Daniel Ramsey’s life, but he didn’t make it. Police say surveillance video shows the suspect vehicle racing down the street around the time of the crash. Ramsey’s mom tells News Partner KGW all drivers need to slow down.

Detectives believe the suspect vehicle is a dark colored 2001-to-2003 B-M-W FIVE-SERIES. It should have extensive damage to the hood and windshield.

Investigators believe speed was a factor in the crash that killed Daniel Ramsey. Police say he was walking along North Fessenden Street Sunday night when he was struck near Alma Avenue.

Meanwhile, the City is planning to put in a flashing safety crossing where the crash happened. That was one of the changes coming out of the Neighborhood Forum Monday night on pedestrian safety. It was planned before Sunday night’s deadly crash, but neighbors tell KGW it emphasizes the need for better crossing. State Lawmakers passed funding to improve safety on Columbia Boulevard near George Middle School. Residents last night were asked to weigh in on how that money should be spent.

Read more about the deadly crash from Police here:

The victim in a fatal hit and run crash that occurred Sunday evening on North Fessenden Street has been identified as 24-year-old Daniel G. Ramsey.

Members of the Traffic Division’s Traffic Investigation Unit continue to investigate this crash. Based on evidence located at the scene, the suspect vehicle is believed to be a dark-colored 2001-2003 BMW 5 Series. The vehicle will have a broken grill and will likely have extensive damage to the hood and windshield.

Investigators believe the driver traveled eastbound on North Fessenden Street at high rate of speed when it stuck Ramsey near North Alma Avenue. The driver continued driving without stopping after it struck Ramsey.

The Police Bureau is releasing is a stock photograph believed to be similar to the suspect’s vehicle. A video of the suspect’s car traveling on North Fessenden Street around the time of the crash includes two separate surveillance video clips may be viewed at https://youtu.be/SQWMj9fYywI

Ramsey’s death marks the 48th traffic-related fatality within the City of Portland in 2017, and the 56th Major Crash Team call out for the year.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact Officer Garrett Dow at 503-823-5070 or at Garrett.Dow@portlandoregon.gov

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On Sunday November 26, 2017, at 9:57 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 7000 block of North Fessenden Street.

Officers arrived in the area and located an adult male lying on the roadway. Community members were administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the man; however, emergency medical personal determined the adult male pedestrian was deceased.

During the investigation officers, learned the vehicle that struck the pedestrian had left the scene. Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a dark colored sedan. Investigators believe the vehicle will have front end damage as a result of the crash.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team is responding to the area to take over the investigation. Criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division are also responding to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this crash should contact the Traffic Division’s Traffic Investigation Unit at 503-823-2103.

North Fessenden Street will be closed from North Alma Avenue to North Columbia Way for the next three to four hours as members of the Major Crash Team investigate this crash.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

To learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero effort, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 

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