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UPDATE: Police identify driver who struck pedestrian near MAX stop

Speed was a likely factor in the crash, police say


SUBMITTED PHOTO: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - A maroon 2001 Dodge Durango (center) struck a pedestrian near the 172nd Ave. MAX stop around 6:10 p.m. Monday. Police have identified the likely leadfoot driver who struck a pedestrian Monday near a Gresham MAX stop: he is 25-year-old Portland resident Pedro Guzman-Ortega.

Police continue to say “excessive speed” was a likely factor in the crash, but have not yet cited anyone.

According to Gresham PD, Guzman-Ortega was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. Guzman-Ortega stayed at the scene and has cooperated with investigators.

Police are withholding the name of the injured pedestrian until his family can be contacted. The victim of the auto accident remains in critical condition at an area hospital.

The 36-year-old Gresham resident was standing on the sidewalk on the southwest corner of Burnside St. and SE 172nd Ave. — next to the 172nd Ave. MAX stop — when he was struck around 6:10 p.m. Monday.

Police say Guzman-Ortega was driving a maroon 2001 Dodge Durango when he hopped the curb and struck the pedestrian.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

This story will be updated as further information becomes available.