Wife wants hit-run driver to fess up: 'You left a family devastated'

Wife wants hit-run driver to fess up: 'You left a family devastated'

CORNELIUS, Ore. – David Eklund was going to a neighborhood in Southeast Portland Wednesday night to visit his mother when he was hit and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

A makeshift memorial of candles and teddy bears Thursday night marked the area where he was hit at Southeast 71st and Powell.

"Every time I walk in the room I expect him to be there," his wife of seven years, Cindy Eklund, told KATU News Thursday night.

She calls her husband a 60-year-old sweetheart who loved his telescopes and space – and was a good man.

"It's devastating because he was just here, joking, 'I'll be back Saturday," Cindy said.

She said before David left on Halloween evening she tried to get him to stay.

"I said no. He grabbed his hat. He said, 'I gotta leave before the fools get out.' I said, 'I know,' gave him a kiss. He grabbed that bag, that green bag you saw on the sidewalk and went over to his mom's."

Witnesses said David was in the crosswalk when an SUV hit him around 9:30 p.m. The driver took off and left David behind.

"He was actually hit, rolled off the hood and ran over him. That's why he died," Cindy said.

She said she hopes the driver will fess up.

"They should tell him whatever you did. Yes, it was a mistake, but you need to own up to it. You did it. Nobody else did it. You did it.'"

While she can't imagine who did this, or why, all she knows is she'll never get David back.

"You left a family devastated," she said.

It's still unclear if David had the signal to cross or not. Police still don't have a lot of information on the SUV other than it was small and black and last seen heading west on Powell.

Police don't have a lot of information on the driver, either. They say the driver is a white male in his 30s or 40s with short black hair.

Police are asking anyone who may have any information about the incident to give them a call.