Victim: Mary Denise Richey

Illegal Alien Hit and Run Driver Kills Wheelchair Bound Mother

Perpetrator: Rafael Avelino Gines

Crime Description:

As reported by JESSICA BRUDER of the Oregonian:

GLADSTONE -- Mary Denise Richey steered her wheelchair off a TriMet bus Wednesday morning and into the foggy darkness of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard. She crossed midblock in front of the bus and into the southbound lanes.

Before she reached the centerline, a Ford van slammed into her wheelchair, pushed her for about 100 yards and kept going. Investigators said the driver didn't appear to be speeding.

Richey, 40, of North Portland died a short time later at OHSU Hospital. She is the eighth pedestrian killed since 1997 on the stretch of McLoughlin between Milwaukie and Gladstone.

Several hours after the 6 a.m. crash, Oregon State Police got a phone call from a Southeast Portland pastor. The driver wanted to surrender, he said.

Police arrested 51-year old Rafael Avelino Gines of Milwaukie and booked him into the Clackamas County Jail on one count of felony hit and run. He was placed on an immigration hold by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Vera Devitt, Richey's 82-year-old paternal grandmother, said Richey was the divorced mother of four grown children and lived in the St. Johns area with one of Richey's three daughters.


29NOV07, Oregon Live

Woman struck, killed by van, by JESSICA BRUDER, The Oregonian Staff


Suspected hit-and-run driver taken into custody
Story Published: Nov 28, 2007 at 4:18 PM PST

Story Updated: Nov 28, 2007 at 7:05 PM PST
By KATU Web Staff

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