▶️ ‘Screeching tires’: Search for hit-and-run driver that struck woman in Bend


Bend Police are asking for help from the public to identify a vehicle involved in a car vs. pedestrian hit-and-run in downtown Bend over the Fourth of July weekend.

The incident happened in front of the Deschutes County Circuit Court at 1100 NW Bond Street on Sunday, July 3 at 3:13 a.m.

Madeline Cardwell, 27, was crossing the street with her wife, Erica, after leaving work.

“I just heard screeching tires and Maddy kind of yell and then I turned around and at that point that’s when I saw the car, almost like he swerved towards her, clips her and then he took off,” Erica said Monday.

Bend Police say the vehicle, traveling north, swerved and brushed into Madeline. 

Witnesses and Madeline told police the SUV swerved toward the woman and accelerated. The vehicle brushed her right leg and hip area, police said, causing her to fall to the ground. She had minor injuries.

“I started chasing the vehicle trying to pull my phone out to get a picture of the plates, but he was erratic,” Erica said.

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Erica said Madeline had to go to the emergency room and get x-rays.

Bend Police say the vehicle involved is a white or silver four-door SUV. It may be an Audi Q5 or Q7, a Hyundai Tucson or a Kia Sportage. The vehicle may have some front damage to its passenger side hood, on the body or the mirror.

“When we pulled surveillance video we were not able to find any license plate just because of the quality of the video,” said Bend Police spokesperson Sheila Miller.”

Although there was surveillance video from multiple locations, police say they were not able to get a good look at the license plate due to poor video quality.

Anyone with information is asked to call the nonemergency dispatch line at 541-693-6911. 

Erica is offering a $1,000 reward in the case. You can contact her at 541-977-1691.


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