‘We were just talking to him’: 2 Portland men find their brother just after hit, injured by car

Nov 26, 2022, 1:44 PM
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A man is in critical condition after being hit by a car while on the phone with his brother. (Google Earth Pro)
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Joshua Gourneau’s family said he was crossing the street at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street at about 6 p.m.

His older brothers, Matthew Gourneau and Jason Gourneau, were on their way to pick him up. They were talking to him on the phone. Then they heard a loud noise and the call dropped.

“I just couldn’t believe it, I didn’t think it was him when I first saw someone laying there, because we were just talking to him,” Matthew Gourneau said. “He just looked so bad, blood everywhere, and he wasn’t breathing good, and my other brother jumped out to give him CPR.”

Joshua Gourneau was taken to OHSU, where the doctors warned his family to prepare for the worst, his family said. He’d suffered broken ribs, fractured bones in his skull and face and a broken pelvis.

Jason Gourneau said his brother was still fighting, despite the grim diagnosis. But seeing him so injured has been devastating for his whole family, he said.

“It’s so hard seeing him like this,” Jason Gourneau said. “It just crushes their spirit seeing him with the tubes in his mouth and his head.”

“We’re hoping to help with medical bills, anything that he needs in the future because we have heard about people coming out of comas in different ways, and besides that, we don’t know what parts will actually work, so and we just need a little help,” Jason Gourneau said.

Police said the driver of the vehicle remined at the scene and has not been charged with anything.

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‘We were just talking to him’: 2 Portland men find their brother just after hit, injured by car