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Driver involved in injury crash turns himself in

A man who ran over a woman with his pickup truck Saturday on Ashland Street, leaving her in critical condition, turned himself in to police Monday night, officers said.

Officers have determined that Talent resident Jeremy Russell, 22, was the driver of the pickup truck that struck Ashland resident Eileen Brennan, 54, according to the Ashland Police Department.

Russell has not been charged with a crime, Sgt. Hector Meletich with the Ashland Police Department said this morning.

It's unclear when Russell discovered he had struck Brennan with his truck, Meletich said.

Russell admitted Monday night to driving in the area where the crash occurred, police said. His red pickup truck matched witnesses' descriptions of the one that fled the scene after striking the woman, according to the Ashland Police Department.

Police interviewed Russell after he arrived at the Ashland Police Department at 7:54 p.m. Monday. The officer who conducted the interview could not be reached Tuesday morning because she was involved in a training exercise, Meletich said.

The case has been forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's office for review.

Brennan remained in critical condition this morning at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, a hospital spokesman said.

She was struck at 10:50 p.m. in or near the Best Western Winsor Inn parking lot at 2520 Ashland St., said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness. The pickup backed into her and she was dragged backward by the truck for several feet before the vehicle turned and drove forward on to Ashland Street, he said.

The truck left the scene before police arrived.

It was raining at the time of the crash, so visibility may have been poor, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.