Albany police name driver accused of running over 12-year-old boy in hit-and-run crash

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Surveillance photo of the suspect vehicle in Monday's hit-and-run crash sent out by Albany Police.

Kirk Miller, the father of a 12-year-old boy struck in a hit-and-run crash, told KATU he was relieved after Albany police identified and located the driver.

"The community got involved in this," Miller said Thursday. "You can run but you can't hide."

Officers said the driver is 23-year-old Jeanice Rivera.

They said she's not under arrest at this point but Detective Lieutenant Travis Giboney told a KATU reporter, "I imagine we will see charges before too long."

On Thursday afternoon, Giboney said Rivera had hired an attorney and officers hadn't yet obtained a statement from her but he was confident she's the driver.

"He's still sore. He is resting. He has been sleeping a lot lately," said Miller after being asked how his son, Tyler Miller, is holding up after the crash. "I know from here on out my son's going to be a lot more cautious even though he's in the crosswalk and doing everything as planned. He almost sounds down on himself, you know."

Officers said Rivera was driving a white Jeep Patriot at 6:11 p.m. Monday when she ran over Tyler at the intersection of Southeast Geary Street and Santiam Road Southeast.

Witnesses said the boy was riding a skateboard in a crosswalk and had the right of way when he was hit and thrown nearly 30 feet.

"He was screaming, 'Ow!' and 'Mom.' I heard him say, 'I want my mom,'" Zoe Mode, who lives next to the intersection, said on Tuesday.

Kirk said Tyler was bruised over much of his body and lost a fingernail, but no bones were broken and he was released from the hospital within a few hours.

"It sounds kind of tedious but the skateboard that he was on that got broke in half was given to him by a family friend in California that had sentimental value," Kirk explained. "He cried his heart out. He cried so hard when he found out that board got broke. It's an irreplaceable skateboard."

Kirk predicted Rivera has a rough future ahead of her.

"It says a lot about a person's personality and what kind of human they are in order to run from something like this," said Kirk.

Giboney said someone tipped them off to Rivera's identity after seeing media reports about the crash. He said she's been living in Lake Oswego and that Clackamas County deputies were examining her vehicle for evidence.

"She might have people that were looking out for her but then again there's a lot more people looking out for my son, obviously," said Kirk.

Giboney said the Linn County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case.

A KATU reporter could find no criminal record for Rivera other than a speeding ticket in Linn county issued in January.