PORTLAND -- A suspect was arrested Monday in the hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian in Southeast Portland over the weekend. Jay Jenkins, 24, faces manslaughter charges after police found a car with front-end damage which they believe was the vehicle in the deadly crash.
Douglas Miller, 60, was hit along Southeast Powell Boulevard at 124th Avenue just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. He died at the scene.
Investigators believe Jenkins fled after hitting Miller and then tried to hide evidence of the deadly crash.
“Acting on a tip, traffic investigators went to a residence in the area of Southeast 141st Avenue and Center Street at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Sunday night and located the suspect vehicle in the fatal hit-and-run,” said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau. “Investigators served a search warrant to recover the 1995 Subaru station wagon from the property.”
In additional to manslaughter, Jenkins was charged with hit-and-run, tampering with evidence, and obstructing governmental administration.
Police believe Jerin Crabtree, 29, was trying to help Jenkins repair damage to his car, in order to hide the crime. Crabtree was also arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.
Powell Boulevard was closed in both directions from 122nd to 126th Avenues on Saturday night, while the Major Crash Team investigated.