Suspected arrested in hit-and-run crash
Police have arrested the driver who seriously injured a pedestrian in South Medford on Wednesday night before fleeing.
Janathean Walker, 20, was arrested on a felony charge of failing to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person.
Walker allegedly struck 26-year-old Chantal Haney with his silver 2002 BMW 7-series sedan just before 5:15 p.m. on South Pacific Highway near Garfield Street, according to a release issued Thursday by Medford police.
At about 12:47 p.m. Thursday, police received a tip about the large BMW, which police say has front-end damage consistent with the case. Specifically the large sedan has a broken windshield and damage to its front end.
On Wednesday evening, police asked for tips tracking down a sedan that has a damaged passenger-side headlight and a missing rear bumper, according to an earlier report about the crash. The hit-and-run required Haney to be rushed to a nearby hospital, and closed lanes of South Pacific Highway during rush hour Wednesday until about 9 p.m. while the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team investigated the scene. Haney’s condition was unknown as of Thursday evening.
Police found the BMW in the 3600 block of Crater Lake Highway, identified Walker as the owner, then contacted him at work. Police say Walker was cooperative with police and was booked in the Jackson County Jail Thursday on the single felony charge.
Jackson County Circuit Court records show no charges have yet been filed in the case, nor do they show any criminal history for Walker.
Walker was held in jail on $7,500 bail on the single hit-and-run charge as of Thursday evening.