Fatal hit and run

1206-kyle-leon-millerUpdate (12/06/16 11:25 a.m.) — Police have identified the driver who stuck and killed a pedestrian Monday night on Highway 62 (Crater Lake Highway).

Medford Police said a vehicle driven by 24-year-old Eagle Point resident Kyle Leon Miller struck 54-year-old Grants Pass resident Michael Dennis Sheridan. First responders found Sheridan dead at the scene.

According to MPD, Miller was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested on charges of hit and run, manslaughter in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence.

Medford, Ore. – A hit and run crash claimed the life of a man on Crater Lake Highway Monday night. Medford Police said a man in his 50’s was crossing the busy, four lane highway in an area that was not marked for pedestrians (just east of the I-5 interchange). He was struck by a vehicle and that driver took off. Police say another driver that witnessed the crash, followed until the driver was ultimately stopped at 10th St. and Oakdale Ave. in Medford.

Despite the snow showers during the investigation, Medford Police Sgt. Steve Furst says conditions were much different at 7 p.m. when the accident occurred, “Actually visibility and road conditions were pretty good at the time. There was no snow, the ground was dry. And as you can see, was pretty well lit out here.”

For hours the scene remained very much the same as it was at the time of the crash, as police catalogued evidence. The Oregon Department of Transportation shut down one lane in each direction. Sgt. Furst said it was unknown if the pedestrian was a transient and could not reveal more about his identity. The investigation is ongoing.

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