(Update: Police release surveillance photo, direction of travel, say driver got out, moved victim)
Happened last Thursday night at NW 14th Street and Newport Avenue roundabout
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend police released a surveillance photo and more details Tuesday in hopes the public can help them find a hit-and-run driver who struck and fatally injured a 76-year-old Bend man at the Northwest Newport Avenue and 14th Street roundabout last Thursday night.
The photo, black-and-white and somewhat blurry, shows a dark-colored, larger SUV, possibly a Chevy Suburban, Lincoln Navigator or Cadillac Escalade. Police Communications Manager Sheila Miller said it’s been described as clean and shiny, possibly a 2008 to 2012 model.
Lt. Juli McConkey told NewsChannel 21 Tuesday that witnesses saw the driver get out of his vehicle and move the victim, Walter James Lane, out of the road.
Investigators say that after striking Lane in the northwest portion of the roundabout, the SUV driver headed south on 14th Street, then turned west on Galveston Avenue.
Police are asking the public in that area to review any security camera footage taken last Thursday, Oct. 27 between 9:30 and 10 p.m. You can contact Bend Police through the non-emergency Deschutes County dispatch line at 541-693-6911 with any information on the case.
Police on Monday had released the victim’s identity and said Lane had died of his injuries.
Officers responded around 9:30 p.m. Thursday to the report of an injured man at the roundabout, Captain Brian Kindel said last Friday.
An investigation determined the severely injured man was the victim of an apparent felony hit-and-run crash, Kindel said.
Lane was taken by Bend Fire & Rescue ambulance to St. Charles Bend with life-threatening injuries and initially was listed in critical condition.
The cause and details of the crash remain under investigation, the sergeant said.
Police said the driver was described as a white male adult, 40 to 60 years of age, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds, a medium build with brown hair and a scruffy brown beard.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Bend police at the Deschutes County dispatch non-emergency number, 541-693-6911.
Kindel said he was not providing more details due to the ongoing investigation but that “there was more than one witness” to the incident.
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