Parents want N. Portland hit-and-run driver to come forward


by KGW Staff

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 1:09 PM

PORTLAND – A 20-year-old man was hit by a vehicle early on New Year’s Day and left lying in a North Portland roadway. Now his parents want the driver who did it to come forward.

Conor McMahon was walking down North Lombard Street with a friend after a New Year’s Eve party near the University of Portland. Cindy McMahon, Conor’s mother, said a driver pulled up next to them and offered the young men a ride.

When they declined, the driver pulled a U-turn, ran over Conor and drove away.

A bartender getting into her car nearby heard the impact and went to see what happened.

"I heard the car peel out and then heard the thumping, and then he took off," Jill Campbell told KGW. "I drove over there and the kid's back was ripped open. I ended up grabbing a blanket and holding his back closed until the EMT's got there."

Conor suffered several broken bones and other internal injuries.

“Conor lost roughly a third to a half of his blood volume,” his mother said. “How could someone intentionally target a young person, drive over him and leave him for dead?”

Cindy said Conor still faces at least six months of rehabilitation.

She’s hoping the few clues police have will be enough to track down the driver who hit him. The driver was a white man in his 30s or 40s, in a small SUV or minivan.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call Portland police at 503-823-3333 or submit a tip here