Hit And Run Victim Identified


The woman who was killed by a hit and run driver Monday in Portland is identified as 77-year-old Jean Gerich.

Her family released this statement:

"Jean Gerich was not a nameless victim. She was a loving mother of two. She was a proud grandmother of five, ages 4 to 16. She would have turned 78 in twelve days. She beat cancer five years ago. She received her first vaccination shot last week and was overjoyed to get out in the world again. She has lived in the city of Portland since 1972 and for those 48 years she has loved her community of friends, Forest Park, and the proximity to nature. We are grateful for the good Samaritans who were at the scene."

Portland Police say the incident lasted more than an hour and occurred between East Burnside to Belmont, and from Southeast Cesar Chavez to 15th Avenue.

Two cyclists and seven pedestrians were hit.

Detectives say the suspect apparently did it intentionally, but there's no evidence it was a terrorist attack, a bias crime or that it was politically motivated.

The driver has been identified as 64 year-old Paul Rivas of Oregon City.

Rivas was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center for the crimes of Murder in the Second Degree, six counts of Assault in the Second Degree, six counts of Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Injury), and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Death). Additional charges will be considered by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.


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