▶️ Bend fatal hit-and-run suspect dragged victim out of road, Bend PD says


Bend Police have released a photo of the vehicle they say was involved in a deadly hit and run in northwest Bend last week. And they revealed that witnesses saw the suspect dragged the victim out of the roadway.

Police are hoping someone in the area has surveillance video of the vehicle they are looking for.

“We really need to find this person,” said investigations Lt. Juli McConkey from Bend PD.

Police say the victim, 76-year-old Walter James Lane of Bend, was struck at the roundabout at NW Newport Avenue and NW 14th Street around 9:30 p.m. last Thursday. Police said on Monday that Lane died.

Investigators released a surveillance image of the suspect vehicle. They also revealed new details of what happened that night.

“Eyewitnesses see the suspect, who turned out to be the suspect, dragging somebody, which was the 76-year-old male, out of the roadway,” said Lt. Juli McConkey from Bend PD. “And then they started calling 911 and then the suspect fled the scene.”

Bend PD said the vehicle then went south on 14th Street toward NW Galveston Avenue. It then headed west on Galveston.

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The vehicle is a dark-colored, larger SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Suburban, Lincoln Navigator or Cadillac Escalade. The vehicle has been described newer, clean and shiny.

Police are asking anyone in the area to look at any security camera footage they may have from Oct. 27 between 9:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Bend hit and run vehicle security image
A vehicle Bend Police say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run at a roundabout in northwest Bend on Oct. 27, 2022. (CREDIT: Bend Police Department)

McConkey also updated the description of the suspect. It’s a white man, 30-50 years old, about 5-feet 10-inches tall with a medium build with dark hair and a scruffy brown beard.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact the Bend Police Department at the non-emergency number of 541-693-6911.


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