PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police are asking for the public’s help identifying a hit-and-run suspect who injured a 20-year-old Portland man early on New Year’s Day.
Conor McMahon was seriously injured. His pelvis was shattered, his nose was broken and his two front teeth were knocked out. Investigators said McMahon and a friend, Mark Mallory, were waiting for Mallory's father to pick them up at the intersection of North Lombard and Jordan when a van pulled up to them and asked if they needed a ride. McMahon and his friend declined.
Mallory's mother, Kim, said, "We had a plan. My husband was on his way to pick him up. We had a plan ... for how the night was going to go down and we wanted them to be safe."
Police said the vehicle drove away, turned around and then sat idling in the street one block away. The driver then accelerated and hit McMahon as he stepped out into the street to look for his ride.
"(Mark) was talking to his dad on the phone when it happened," Mallory's mother told KATU. "He was actually on the phone saying 'oh my God! Connor just got hit by a car!"
Mark Mallory said there was no altercation with the driver that would encourage an attack. The suspect is described as a man who may be white, Hispanic or Middle Eastern who appeared to be 35 to 40 years old. He had dark, short hair that was buzzed on the sides, and a slight mustache and goatee.
The suspect’s vehicle is described as a medium to dark-colored Dodge Caravan or similar model vehicle with two front doors and a rear slider. Police said it appeared to have a fare meter, similar to a taxi, on the dashboard. McMahon’s father told KATU his son suffered some internal injuries, but is mobile and healing. He has no neurological damage, but he's going to be in rehabilitation for several months. McMahon is a former Jesuit High School football player and biomedical engineering student at Santa Clara University.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. You can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online; Text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip; or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information.