Man killed in hit-and-run; driver arrested
An Eagle Point man faces manslaughter and hit-and-run charges alleging he fatally struck a pedestrian Monday night on Highway 62 near Fred Meyer.
Kyle Leon Miller, 24, of the 100 block of Edith Circle, was arraigned this morning in Jackson County Circuit Court, where he entered not guilty pleas to charges alleging he fatally struck 54-year-old Michael Dennis Sheridan of Grants Pass and fled the scene.
At about 7:04 p.m. Monday, multiple witnesses called 911 and attended to Sheridan, who was on foot at the time of the crash, according to Medford police Lt. Kevin Walruff and Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon records.
A witness followed Miller and maintained communication with dispatchers until police could stop the suspected vehicle, Walruff said, and police arrested Miller near the area of West Main Street and North Oakdale Avenue.
Miller was suspected to be under the influence of a controlled substance, according to Walruff, but police are awaiting toxicology results before disclosing what intoxicants were involved.
The crash investigation closed several lanes of traffic on Highway 62 for about four hours.
Miller pleaded not guilty to felony charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and failing to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person, along with a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $122,500 bail.
Police asked anyone who may have witnessed the accident to call the Medford Police Department at 541-774-2249.
Circuit Court records show Miller has a pending charge of first-degree theft alleging he committed return fraud at the Eagle Point Wal-Mart in July. He has entered not guilty pleas in the case and has a court hearing set for Dec. 12.