Portland hit-and-run accident leads to mixed verdict

A Portland hit-and-run accident involving a single car and a pedicab driven by a six-foot tall orange rabbit (yes, you read that correctly) ended in a mixed Portland car accident verdict last week, according to a report in The Oregonian.

Kate Altermatt was pedaling the cab through Portland last Easter Sunday, dressed for the holiday, when a driver trying to recover a dropped cellphone hit her. Altermatt testified that the driver offered her money when she confronted him following the Portland injury traffic accident but when she smelled alcohol on his breath and refused the cash he drove away. A Multnomah County Circuit Court found Edward Cespedes-Rodriguez guilty of hit-and-run driving. He faces up to one year in jail and is scheduled to be sentenced later this month. He was cleared of a reckless endangerment charge stemming from the pedicab driver’s allegation that when Cespedes-Rodriguez hit her a second time he did so on purpose.

While a trial involving a six foot tall, pedicab driving, orange rabbit sounds like something from a TV program, the larger issues at stake are deadly serious. Hit-and-run driving is dangerous as well as illegal. Victims of a Portland hit-and-run accident should consult a Portland personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Criminal charges, such as the ones the driver faced in this case, do not address injury claims. As the victim of an Oregon hit-and-run you may be entitled to monetary damages.

Compensation for Oregon accident victims may include restitution for lost wages, damage to property, medical bills and pain and suffering. Every situation is unique, but an experienced Portland car accident lawyer can guide you through the process.

The Oregonian: Hit-and-run driver claimed he didn’t see 6-foot-tall orange rabbit on the pedicab