Pedestrian upgrdaded to serious condition after Portland hit-and-run –

Top Stories: Sunrise 1-10-16

PORTLAND, Ore. – A pedestrian was struck and seriously injured in a hit-and-run in downtown Portland early Sunday morning, police said.

The pedestrian, 27-year-old Kyle Wallace, was at Southwest 11th Avenue and Market Street when he was hit just before 6 a.m.  Witnesses said the driver sped away from the scene.

Officers responded quickly and spotted the suspect vehicle, then used a special maneuver to trap his vehicle, a Ford Mustang.  The mustang spun and stalled in a parking lot at Southwest 19th Avenue and West Burnside Street and the suspect was captured, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

He was identified as 20-year-old Suliman Ali Algwaiz (pictured).

Meanwhile, officers and medical personnel arrived to find Wallace suffering from traumatic injuries. He was transported to a Portland hospital by ambulance for treatment. Police said Monday he was upgraded from critical to serious condition and was expected to survive.

Simpson said preliminary information indicated Algwaiz might have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

The Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team is conducting the investigation.

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