Victim identified in deadly SE Portland hit-and-run crash

Victim identified in deadly SE Portland hit-and-run crash

PORTLAND, Ore. - The victim of a deadly hit-and-run crash on Thursday morning in Southeast Portland has been identified as 56-year-old Tommy Zane Gann.

Meanwhile, Portland police are still looking for a driver of a box van that's implicated in the crash.

Police said Gann was crossing Southeast Holgate Boulevard near Southeast 15th diagonally from south to north when he was struck by the van.

On Thursday, Gann's family members were mourning his loss and expressed outrage about the alleged hit-and-run.

"I would ask them why they didn't stop honestly," said Josh Dulaney, Gann's grandson. "They just left him. What if that was their parent or their brother or something? They just left him."

Gann's granddaughter expressed the same sentiment.

"They just need to confess," she said. "Even if it's an accident, they shouldn't have just left. They should've stopped to see if he's OK."

Police said the crash took place at about 5:40 a.m. and the vehicle involved is a Ford Econoline white box van, possibly with a roof rack. Police said the van "should have significant front end damage including glass breakage."

Witness describes what she saw

One neighbor, Ronda Fisk, saw it happen. She was out on her balcony with her daughter when it sounded like something hit the building.

"I'm never going to get that image out of my head. I've never seen anything like this before in my life. I will have dreams over this one," said Fisk. "The guy was in the air. It was like he was flying."

She added that she never say the driver's brake lights on.

Fisk called 911 and her daughter ran to Gann's side.

"We took a blanket, and we covered him," she said.

Since the suspect's van was going so fast, she wasn't able to get its license plate.

She didn't see the driver.

Investigators believe the suspect is a white man with shorter, dark hair and possibly a scraggly beard.

Police said the van was last seen heading west on Holgate.

Police said the Gann had died at the hospital.

Southeast Holgate Boulevard was closed to all traffic from Southeast Milwaukie to 17th Avenues. The Major Crash Team is investigating.

This is the sixth traffic fatality in Portland so far this year and the third involving a pedestrian.

Anyone with information about the identity of the driver or about the incident should contact Portland police Traffic Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2103.

KATU News reporter Erica Nochlin contributed to this report.