Speeding driver kills teenage girl who was crossing SE Hawthorne

Speeding driver kills teenage girl who was crossing SE Hawthorne

Hawthorne Blvd approaching 43rd.

Hawthorne Blvd approaching 43rd.

Yesterday afternoon a man was driving his Lexus SUV recklessly down SE Hawthorne Blvd and his behavior led him to strike and kill a teenage girl. First responders were unable to revive her and she died on the scene as her family grieved just feet away from her.

The man, 20-year-old Abdulrahman Noorah — who was driving with a suspended license — originally fled the scene of his crime and later returned. He has been arrested by the Portland Police Bureau and has been charged with Manslaughter II, Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (hit and run) and Reckless Driving.

The crash happened at the intersection of SE Hawthorne and 43rd at about 3:50 pm. Here are the details via the police:







…Noorah was traveling westbound on S.E. Hawthorne at approximately 55 to 60 mile per hour from S.E. 46th. The vehicle, a gold Lexus, approached S.E. 43rd ave. was rapidly passing vehicles while traveling in the center lane and nearly colliding with several vehicles near S.E. 44th.

At the northeast corner of S.E. 43rd ave and Hawthorne the victim, a juvenile female teenager, began crossing S.E. Hawthorne headed southbound in an unmarked crosswalk. As she crossed the victim was struck by Noorah. Witnesses stated the vehicle continued westbound at a high rate of speed, after colliding with the victim, and made no attempt to stop.

This girl is the 29th 30th person who has died on Portland’s streets this year.

It happened while Portland city planners and staff were touting our streets at an international conference at Portland State University. The police had to pull officers from two safety-related events they were working on — a bike safety fiesta in north Portland and a crosswalk enforcement action on NW 23rd.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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