Woman accused of Barbur Blvd hit-and-run pleads not guilty

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by KGW staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

PORTLAND – The woman accused of hitting a cyclist on Barbur Boulevard and leaving him for dead entered an automatic plea of "not guilty" in her first appearance in a Multnomah County court Friday.

Miriam Clinton was visibly shaken and cried throughout the proceeding. She is facing two felony counts of hit and run for allegedly hitting 20-year-old Henry Schmidt and taking off. He suffered serious injuries and faces months of recovery.

Clinton will enter an official plea during her grand jury arraignment Sept. 6.

Clinton, the mother of a 2-year-old, turned herself in Thursday after a tip led police to her vehicle at a Wilsonville body shop.

KGW learned Clinton was driving with a suspended license, and according to court documents, she was convicted three times for speeding violations in Oregon.

More: Barbur hit, run suspect has suspended license, speeding tickets

KGW’s news partner the Oregonian found since 2009 her license has been suspended four times.

Schmidt’s family, in court today, said their focus is on his recovery.

“We’re just staying positive. We’re just focused on the healing and I just felt like I could be here, you know? He has a couple good people taking care of him at his home right now. I’m going to go straight back there,” said Kathi Sweet, Henry Schmidt’s mother.

The State today asked the judge to order Clinton to report to a supervisor, wear a GPS monitor, not to drink and not to drive.

Since her license is suspended, the last request was a formality.

The judge agreed with the prosecutor's request but did not order her to wear a GPS device.  

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KGW reporter Chris Willis contributed to this report.

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