Portland, Oregon, police say they have found no evidence of terrorism, prejudice, or a political motivation in a series of hit-and-run crashes that killed 10 people and one person died on Monday. , But the driver’s actions show him to hit them.
Police have not released the name of the suspect, who was arrested after crashing a Honda Element and was “corrupted” by people in the neighborhood. He was in a hospital on Tuesday.
Police said in a statement on Tuesday, “Detectives have not found evidence that it was an act of terrorism. Detectives have not found indicators of bias nor do they believe it is politically motivated.” “Detectives say the driver’s actions were intent on killing and injuring people.”
The 77-year-old Jean Gerrich, who was killed, was the grandmother of five. His family said in a statement issued by police that he was a cancer survivor who lived in Portland for 48 years.
“Her family did not make Jean Gerich a victim of dishonesty. She was a loving mother of two children. She was a five-year-old nanny at the age of 4. She turned 78 years old in twelve days. She had five. Defeated cancer the year before. ” .
“Her family received her first vaccination shot last week and was very happy to be out in the world again,” her family said.
Police said the suspect’s name and charges will be released once booked. Police said a blood sample has been taken and sent to a laboratory.
Police Chief Chuck Lovewell called Monday’s incidents a “sensational incident of violence”. He said the police department has expressed condolences to Zerich’s family and the injured.
Witnesses said the suspect was driving erratically and narrowly missed a person and the first pedestrian was hit at 1:02 p.m.
Police said the driver struck 10 people in the cars, along with all others. There were seven pedestrians, and two bicycles. Police said that one of the victims does not remember whether they were inside or outside their vehicle.
Police said most of the victims suffered minor injuries.
The crime scene is spread over a dozen blocks. From where the police said that the first person had crashed where he crashed.
A police spokesman said on Monday that the vehicle was driven on the road and also mounted on the pavements.
Mayor Ted Wheeler This incident is called disturbing And thanks “many people who went above and beyond in response to the incident,” from police and first responders to intervenors to help apprehend witnesses and suspects.
Zerich’s family said they are grateful to the good Samaritan people who were on the scene. They asked for privacy.