Police say hit-and-run driver went home and vacuumed car after striking pedestrian

A motorist who struck and killed a 79-year-old pedestrian July 18 in Southeast Portland and then drove off was located after his fiance called police, court papers show.

The driver was returning home from a poker party in Tigard and was seen vacuuming out the glass in his car after he arrived at his Southeast Portland house, police wrote in a search warrant affidavit.

The accident occurred at 1:36 a.m. at Southeast Powell Boulevard and 36th Place.

Pedestrian James A. Stover was found lying on the road, near the curb. He was not breathing and sustained major blunt force trauma to his entire body, including his head, police reports say.

Stover was from Rochester, Vermont, and had family in Portland.

A witness saw a red Chevy Cavalier driving away, and obtained a license plate.

As police were completing the investigation at the fatal accident scene, the suspect's fiance called, leading police to Douglas Eric Green, 39, by about 4 a.m., the reports say.

Police said Green smelled like alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slightly slurred when they approached him at his residence in the 2900 block of Southeast 134th Avenue.

He told police he had been at a poker party in Tigard, and knew he had hit something and went into shock. He drove home and removed the glass from his car. His fiance went to see what he had struck.

Police found Green's red Chevy Cavalier, which had major damage to the front windshield and obvious damage to the front end.

Green now faces charges of manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was arrested two days after the accident, and pleaded not guilty to the charges on July 31.

A trial date has been tentatively set for Sept. 21.


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