PCC Student Killed in Hit and Run

By Juan Lacayo|November 27, 2017Cascade, News|

Tragedy rippled through the PCC community after the announcement of the untimely death of a twenty-five-year-old student. After an early morning 911 call, on November 8 emergency responders discovered fatally injured Madison Ries in the southbound lane of Interstate 5 near the Skidmore overpass. The 911 caller reported to police that the driver that struck Ries left the scene. Investigators believe the vehicle is a white or grey pick-up truck. Medical personnel reported that Madison died before their arrival.

Faculty members have expressed grief and condolences for the loss a beloved student who was taking a Meteorology course to complete her transfer degree. Professor Matt Glazewski recalled Madison’s enthusiasm in class,

“It was always a pleasure to see Madison’s smiling face at the front of the class, eager to learn. I very much appreciated her desire to form relationships with her fellow students.”

Peers remember her as someone who “cared deeply about others, and truly listened to them when they spoke.” Classmate, Jake Edgar, shared this fond memory with The Bridge,

“Madison and I had meteorology together. She sat up front, and asked great questions. Meteorology was to be her last class before she transferred. Madison was such a sweet girl, and she had a knack for the little details. I remember, shortly before my son’s twelfth birthday, I had mentioned a plan to play laser tag for the first time in my life, and Madison was the only person in class to ask how it went. She was so thrilled when she heard I had that experience with him, and I’ll never forget that.  Despite not knowing her well, I do know this: her kindness will not be forgotten.”

In a campus email, Cascade Campus President Karin Edwards reflected upon the death of Madison Ries, stating that the loss of such an inspiring student, after all the time, effort, and emotion invested, stands as an affront to all those who helped empower Madison on her path to success.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Officer Garrett Dow at (503) 823-5070, or to email garrett.dow@portlandoregon.gov. The Bridge will follow up with new information as it arises.

ADDED NOV 30:  A memorial service for Ms. Ries will be held Sunday Dec 10 at 1 pm at the RIverside Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Washougal, Washington.

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Storytelling is the province of which I am a denizen. Within this realm, in a busy part of town where many pass by and few enter, audiences can find me spinning yarns, weaving tapestries, and stitching together the fabrics of everyday reality. Sometimes those cloths are used for shelter and security, other times they are meant to dazzle and delight those who don them, still other times they are meant for their practical uses in life. However, they are always crafted to specification. Cut to form. Stitched to fit. Carefully considered for the form the fabrics will hug so that each form will glide effortlessly and gracefully, as one. The important thing for those who peruse my collections to remember is that many cuts will fit and complement your form, while others will seem tailored for another figure. You may feel uncomfortable, out of place, yet incongruously drawn to the form that could fill that space. It might be thoughtful consideration of the threads binding together the whole; or how the piece traces the curves a form, leaving room for only a breath of excitement; or possibly the revelation of unconsidered possibilities that coax you into my shop. Whatever your inspiration, know that through these doors lie awesome possibilities that, once beheld, cannot be unseen and should not be forgotten.