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Washington man dies after Portland hit-and-run

Liam Ford

A man has died after an incident in a parking lot in Parkrose.| Google Maps

PORTLAND, OR — The man found injured after a hit-and-run in Parkrose last week has died of his injuries.

Neri Ramirez-Mendoza, 20, from Tacoma died in a local hospital, Portland police said in a news release today.

Officers were responding to a report of 15 people fighting with knives in the 4400-block of NE 122nd Ave. in the early morning of Sunday, Nov. 21.

They arrived to find Ramirez-Mendoza with life-threatening injuries “consistent with those of being hit by a vehicle.”

The investigation found the incident to be a crash, not an intentional hit-and-run.

The Portland Police Bureau is asking anyone with information to email crimetips@portlandoregon.gov, attention Traffic Investigations Unit, or to call 503-823-2103 and reference case number 21-325657.

Another man was killed in a hit-and-run on 122nd Ave. the same weekend.

Portland police found a dead man lying in the road near SE 122nd Ave. and SE Tibbets St. just after midnight on Nov. 20.

The cause of death was determined to be a hit and run.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to reference case number 21-324538.

Police have not said whether the incidents appear to be linked.

There have been 50 traffic deaths so far in 2021, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Of those deaths, 20 were pedestrians.

The City of Portland committed to eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries through the Vision Zero Action Plan in 2016.

Traffic injuries have decreased since then. But 54 people died in traffic accidents in 2020, the highest number in the past decade.

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