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Man held in early morning fatal hit-and-run

UPDATE • 18-year-old faces manslaughter and DUII charges
by: Courtesy of MCSO Ashawntae Rosemon

An 18-year-old driver was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the early morning hit-and-run death of a Portland bicyclist.

Police took Ashawntae Rosemon into custody early Friday morning. Rosemon was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at about 7 a.m., six hours after the fatal accident.

He faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, failing to perform the duties of a driver in a collision, vehicle assault of a pedestrian and reckless driving.

The arrest came as police were looking for the driver of a black sport utility vehicle that drove away after striking and killing a bicyclist early Friday morning on Southeast Division Street near 85th Avenue.

Police have not released the victim's name. A 17-year-old bicyclist with the other rider was also injured in the collision.

Police said that at about 1:02 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, a driver flagged down an officer and told him that two bicycle riders had been hit by a black SUV. One rider was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The second rider died on the road in the collision, police said.

Police searching the area discovered the black SUV abandoned near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

The Police Bureau's Traffic Division Major Crash Team is investigating the incident.