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Update: Suspect Vehicle Model Information - Fatal Hit & Run Auto / Pedestrian Crash near Estacada
03/30/2009
Sergeant Dan Swift
Oregon State Police - Portland
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 267

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation and asking for the public's help to identify the vehicle and driver involved in Friday night's fatal hit and run crash that resulted in the death of an Estacada-area man on Highway 224 about one-half mile east of Estacada. More detailed information regarding the suspect vehicle has been developed and photographs of a similar vehicle emphasizing known damaged areas are being released to help with the investigation.
 
Based upon witness statements and evidence found at the scene, OSP is looking for a white 1992 û 1994 Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable with right front and right side damage. The evidence indicates the right front corner turn signal / reflector lens cover is broken out and the right side mirror glass broke out of the side view mirror housing. The right side mirror housing is believed to still be attached to the car.
 
Photograph links valid for 30 days of similar Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles are provided with this release:
 
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/1993.Ford.Taurus.right.closeup.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/1993.Ford.Taurus.right.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/1992.Mercury.Sable.right.jpg
 

The investigation to this date indicates on March 27, 2009 at approximately 9:27 p.m. CHARLES BRUCE MILLS, age 38, from Estacada, was struck by an unidentified vehicle while walking on Highway 224 about one-half mile east of the Highway 211 junction. OSP troopers and local emergency personnel responded and found the deceased victim in the middle of the highway near milepost 24.

 
The unidentified suspect vehicle and driver were last observed driving away from the scene westbound on Highway 224.

 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the Clackamas County Interagency Crash Investigation Team (CRAFT), Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office, and Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

 
Anyone with information about the vehicle, driver or collision is asked to contact the Oregon State Police at (503) 731-3030.