70-year-old thanks those who helped after hit-and-run: 'It could've been anyone's mother'

Linda meets Chris.jpg
Linda meets Chris.jpg

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 70-year-old woman is recovering in the hospital nearly two months after she was hit by a suspected drunk driver in Southeast Portland.

The driver took off after the crash, however a Good Samaritan helped stop him for police.

On Wednesday, crash victim Linda Babcock thanked those who helped her from her hospital bed in Happy Valley.

“I didn't know I'd been hit, and I was trying to get up until one of the witnesses told me not to move ... I didn't even know it,” Linda told KATU News.

Linda was on her way to work at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office records department at about 5 a.m., using a walker in a crosswalk at SE 122nd Avenue and Division Street.

She was struck by a speeding driver, later identified as 25-year-old Weifu Ma, who continued down Division.

Chris Bonds saw the crash take place. He managed to get Ma’s license plate number as he rushed to Babcock’s side.

“It was serious because she went about eight feet into the air,” said Bonds. “I told her I got the S-O-B and just was making sure she was okay.”

Babcock officially met Bonds for the first time on Wednesday, thanking him for the help he offered after the crash.

"It could have been anybody's mother in this room," Bonds said.

Time and again during their conversation, Bonds said he was just doing what anyone would do and that he's not a hero – joking that a hero is just a kind of sandwich.

Babcock thinks differently, saying heroes are real people and that Chris is one of them.

Babcock also thanked the emergency responders who helped save her life after the crash, and had a visit from Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese.