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Driver arrested in Foster Road hit-and-run death
A 53-year-old man turned himself into police Thursday in connection with the Jan. 28 hit-and-run death of a 26-year-old Vancouver, Wash., man at Southeast 70th Avenue and Foster Road.
Police said Jim Dean Patterson was charged with two counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver in the death of Jason Lee Grant. Patterson could face additional charges after a Multnomah County grand jury hears the case.
Patterson turned himself into officers at the East Precinct at about the same time Portland Traffic Division investigators were headed to his house to follow up on a Crime Stoppers' tip. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
Investigators took a green 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup from Patterson's garage. The truck had damage consistent with the collision that killed Grant.
Police said that at about 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, Grant was crossing Southeast Foster Road at about 70th Avenue when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle. Grant was crossing from the north sidewalk to the south sidewalk and was not in a crosswalk.
Residents of the area held a candlelight vigil last week to mark Grant's death and demand that the city improve pedestrian access in neighborhoods along Foster Road.