Police say second car involved in November hit and run
- Geoff Pursinger
- The Times - News
Video footage shows white Honda Civic leaving scene after witnesses arrive
Tigard Police believe that a second vehicle was likely involved in a hit and run collision last month on Highway 217 that sent a Beaverton man to the hospital.
Andrew Thompson, 32, was changing a flat tire on the shoulder of the on-ramp to northbound Highway 217 from southbound Pacific Highway in the early morning hours of Nov. 12 when a vehicle struck him and his car.
The vehicle - believed to be a carbon-gray Honda Accord made between 1998-2002 - did not stop, and Thompson was left in the shoulder of the road.
On Friday, Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf said investigators now believe a second vehicle was at the scene and drove away without calling 9-1-1 or offering the man assistance.
Video footage by a roadside assistance employee on route to Thompson's flat tire shows what appears to be a white Honda Civic sedan with a spoiler at the scene just after the crash.
The Civic is in clear view for several seconds before driving away.
Wolf said that the video footage corroborates other evidence that there might have been a second car at the scene.
'This video has been one of the pieces that has enabled investigators to move this case forward to this point,' Wolf said.
Thompson was found at about 3 a.m. by the roadside assistance employee, who called 9-1-1.
Thompson was taken to Oregon Health and Science University with serious injuries, including several broken ribs, a fractured kidney, and a broken foot and ankle.
Police still believe the gray Honda Accord likely was the car that struck Thompson, Wolf said, but that the white Honda Civic was involved somehow in the crash.
'Investigators working this incident are very eager to contact the drivers of both of those vehicles,' Wolf said. 'It's unclear why that person did not contact emergency medical crews or remain at the scene.'
Wolf said that leaving the scene could mean that the driver or the occupants of the second car could be charged with failing to perform the duties of a witness, a traffic violation.