Nan ‘overjoyed’ to be outside again after Covid jab is killed in ‘hit-and-run’

A nan who was overjoyed to receive a Covid-19 vaccine was tragically killed in suspected a hit-and-run rampage.

Jean Gerich, 77, was excited to be out and about again after receiving the jab but died after a driver allegedly deliberately drove into her.

Paul Rivas, 64, smashed into Jean and nine others on Monday afternoon in Portland, police say.

Jean was rushed to hospital and suffered from blunt force trauma, but she died after succumbing to her injuries.

Tributes have poured in for the nan, who was also a cancer survivor, according to her family.

The grandmother-of-five has been described as a "loving mother," reports Katu 2.

In a statement released by her family it says: "Jean Gerich was not a nameless victim. She was a loving mother of two. She was a proud grandmother of five, ages 4 to 16.

"She would have turned 78 in twelve days. She beat cancer five years ago. She received her first vaccination shot last week and was overjoyed to get out in the world again.

"She has lived in the city of Portland since 1972 and for those 48 years she has loved her community of friends, Forest Park, and the proximity to nature.

"We are grateful for the good Samaritans who were at the scene. The family asks for privacy at this time."

Other victims of the attack are believed to be injured.

Rivas has been booked on charges of murder, assault, and failure to perform the duties of a driver, reports the New York Post.

A motive behind the attack has not yet been identified, though police have ruled out terrorism, bias or politics.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler tweeted: "I want to express my condolences to the loved ones of the victim who lost her life. I also want to wish the other victims a safe recovery.

"Thank you to the many people who went above and beyond in responding to this incident: the witnesses who intervened to apprehend the subject; the firefighters, police officers and EMTs who responded on the scene; and the hospital workers who cared for the victims."

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