Police Seek Driver in Hit-and-Run Crash

Date: May 7, 2010
Location: I-5, Central Point, Oregon
Names: Unknown

State troopers are looking for a white male adult involved in a hit-and-run accident that occurred May 7, 2010 around 3:10 PM on I-5 northbound in Central Point, Oregon, according to an OSP press release. The man’s car left the road near milepost 33 and crashed into a cyclone fence and two trees. The driver fled on foot into the equestrian area of the Jackson County Expo Center, leaving the car behind in flames.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, age 19-21, about 5’6” to 5’8”, weighing approximately 145 lbs. He was last seen wearing a white, short-sleeved T-shirt, white shorts with blue stripes, and a blue bandana or beanie on his head. He was driving a gold 1996 Acura passenger car.

The crash damaged about 50 feet of cyclone fence owned by ODOT. Police do not know if the driver was injured.

OSP troopers conducted an extensive search, assisted by Central Point Police Department, Medford Police Department, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson County Fire District 3 and ODOT assisted at the scene.

If you witnessed the crash or saw the driver fleeing the scene, please call the Central Point Oregon State Police Office at 541-776-6114 ext. 288.

Hit and run in Oregon is a serious crime, and conviction will result in your driving privileges being suspended or revoked. In any Oregon vehicle accident, you have the following obligations:

Stop at once. If anyone is killed or unconscious, you must stay at the scene until a police officer arrives.
Render aid. Do not move an injured person carelessly, but give reasonable aid.
Exchange information with the other driver. Give them your name, address, driver’s license number, license plate number, and insurance information. DMV offers a printable checklist you can download and keep in your car.
Report the accident to DMV.

As skilled Portland injury lawyers, we implore drivers in any accident situation to put the safety and welfare of others above their own interests, and always, always remain at the scene and make sure no one is hurt. Even if you are the only driver involved, stay at the scene and wait for police.

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