Hit and Run Driver Arrested After Police Get Tip
Date: February 15, 2014
Location: Southeast Powell Boulevard, Portland
Names: Douglas Miller, Jay Jenkins
Police report that Douglas Miller, 60, was walking on Southeast Powell Boulevard, at 124th Avenue on Saturday night. There, he was hit by a silver minivan and was injured. The minivan then left the scene without rendering assistance or calling for help.
After receiving a tip, police officers arrested Jay Jenkins and charged him with second-degree manslaughter, obstructing government officials, tampering with physical evidence and failure to perform the duties of a driver after an injury. Another man, Jerin Nigel Crabtree, 29, was arrested for tampering with evidence, as he allegedly assisted Jenkins, who tried to repair the car involved in the accident.
Jenkins was given bail of $260,000 and was arraigned on Tuesday morning. There was no information regarding the status of Crabtree’s arrest.
We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Douglas Miller, the man killed in this accident. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you during this difficult time. We are very glad that police were able to find the suspect, so he can be held accountable for his actions.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there are over 1,000 hit and run injury accidents in the state every year. These often tragic and disturbing crashes affect pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, etc. – and often greatly affect their families as well.
ORS 811.705 explains that it is a criminal offense to hit a person, animal, or private property and leave the scene without rendering aid, exchanging information, and reporting the accident to the DMV. This failure to perform the duties of a driver is a crime, and in some instances, a felony.
Just because you don’t know who hit you, doesn’t mean you can’t get help. In Oregon, every driver is required to have at least $25,000 in Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage. This means you can file a claim with your own insurance.
Filing a claim with your own insurance can be confusing, however, so talk to a dedicated Portland hit and run attorney to discuss your case for free, or consider ordering our Free Oregon Accident Book to learn more about UIM insurance coverage.