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May 9, 2014 10:49 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Hit And Run Leaves Portland Teen With Serious Injuries

PORTLAND - A Portland teen nearly lost his life over the weekend after a hit and run along Highway 181.

Friday, he and his mother talked about what happened, and the search to find the driver responsible.

High school freshman Tyler Jones doesn't remember being hit, but he is reminded of what happened every time he looks in the mirror and sees the road rash the covers part of his face.

Saturday night, he crossed under 181 on his bike after leaving a friend's house.

The cars were stopped at Buddy Ganem, so Tyler decided to go ahead.

"When he came across from the Walmart side, he crossed, and that light was red, and someone waived him on, that it was ok to cross," explains his mom, Kristina, "and then he crossed under the underpass, and then when he went to other side is when it happened."

There were no witnesses who saw the impact.

Tyler was thrown about 50 feet.

He now has a fracture above his eye, another on his head, both shoulder blades are split, and he has partial paralysis on his left side.

The driver kept going.

"I just don't understand how somebody can just leave him there and not check to see," she says.

Tyler faces a long recovery, but has no plans to give up.

"Gotta do what you gotta do," he says quietly.

His mom was told by Portland police that at least one surveillance camera captured Tyler's bike coming out from under the car that hit him.

Even if officers can't track down the driver, she hopes that person will come forward on their own.

"Whoever it may be, whether it's a brother or sister or mother or father or aunt or uncle, or whoever, it could have been your family. And he (Tyler) doesn't deserve it," she said.

It's unclear if the driver who hit Tyler ran a red light, or if Tyler simply didn't look before crossing, but because the driver didn't stop and render aid, they face serious criminal charges.

Portland police told us today they continue searching for any witnesses or clues to help find the driver.


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