PORTLAND OR June 27 2012 – A Rose Quarter security guard was seriously injured Tuesday morning by a man she confronted in the arena parking lot, who then ran into her with his SUV.
The vehicle went on to slam into a TriMet bus shelter and then was later found abandoned.
Police were dispatched about 6:21 a.m. to a report of a hit-and-run on North Benton Avenue and Winning Way in the Rose Quarter complex, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.
They found Elizabeth Forcia, 44, suffering from serious, but not life-threatening injuries. She was taken quickly to a hospital and released later Tuesday morning.
Forcia told police she saw a white Ford Explorer in a lot that was supposed to be secured. She saw that a chain had been cut or broken. She walked up to talk to the driver of the SUV, who was standing away from the Explorer.
Forcia said then, he ran to the vehicle, drove towards her and struck her with the SUV, Simpson said. She was able to photograph the man before he got into the car. (See photo above)
The driver fled northbound on Winning Way, tried to turn left onto Williams Avenue but crashed into a power pole, then the bus shelter.
After that, he fled on foot has not been found.
He was described as a in his 30s, balding, with a little blonde hair on the top of his head, sideburns below the ears, a short beard, a dirty black shirt that looks more grey, and black plants.