Police search for hit-and-run suspect
- Garth Guibord
- Sandy Post - News
Pickup reportedly backed over teacher and sped away in Clackamas County
Police in Clackamas County are searching for a suspect in an apparent hit-and-run outside a gas station that left a woman with serious head injuries on Tuesday.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said Kimberli Lyons, a resident of Boring and a third-grade teacher at Mills Park Elementary school in Portland, was talking with a man outside the Shell gas station near the intersection of state highways 212 and 26 when he allegedly put his blue Dodge pickup truck into reverse and hit her 'at a high rate of speed.'
According to Larry Moore, a day shift cashier at the Shell station, a gas attendant witnessed the incident and reported that the truck door was open when the vehicle went into reverse, causing Lyons to 'fold down.'
'Whether her head was hit by the truck or not, I don't know,' said Moore, who saw the truck speed away from the scene.
After the incident, police say the suspect drove westbound on Highway 212 in his late-model blue Dodge pickup with an extended cab and metal roof rack. Moore reported that the driver of the vehicle was not a customer of the gas station before the incident.
Steve Graham, owner of the neighboring A and W restaurant, responded when he saw a commotion at the gas station.
'All I saw when I looked up was a woman on top of another woman, and I called 9-1-1 as I ran out of the restaurant,' Graham said. 'That was all that I saw.'
Lyons was transported to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, and was reported to be in fair condition.
'Kim is a much respected and well-liked teacher,' said Barbara Rommel, superintendent of the David Douglas School District, which includes Mills Park Elementary. 'Our thoughts and prayers are with her.'
Lyons' husband, Jerry Lyons, an instructor at Mt. Hood Community College, told investigators his wife had planned earlier in the day to drive to Shorty's Corner in Sandy with recyclables.
Police initially listed Lyon's vehicle, a green and brown Ford F-250 pickup, as stolen after the incident, but the truck later was found in a private drive east of the Boring Fire Station at approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Law enforcement authorities are still looking for the white male suspect who allegedly hit Lyons.
The suspect reportedly is driving a dark blue Dodge 4X4 pickup, between model years 2000 and 2002 with an extended cab, two doors, a long bed, a dark blue canopy and a roof rack.
Clackamas County police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 503-723-4949.