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Life support scheduled to end today for hit-and-run victim

A Grants Pass man who was struck by a hit-and-run driver a month ago was to be taken off life support today, his 31st birthday, according to his sister.

Luke Leclere suffered severe head injuries in the Aug. 24 incident and has been in the intensive care unit of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland ever since.

Leclere was walking along the Redwood Highway in the dark and was hit in the lane where Demaray Drive merges west of Grants Pass. The driver left the scene.

Chrissy Rea, his sister who lives in Iowa, wrote this on a youcaring.com crowdfunding page for Leclere: "On his 31st birthday, Sept. 30, per his wishes, we will honor my little brother Luke by enabling him to peacefully and painlessly reach for the stars and the Heaven he so believed in with all of his mind, body and soul.

"Thank you all for your donations. Although we did not raise enough money to bring Luke back to Iowa, the money raised was nearly enough to cover flying family out for the duration of hospice to say goodbye and the cost of services to carry out his final wishes.

"We fell just $300 short of total cost and simply could not have done this without you. There are no words of gratitude deep enough, no thank you that could ever carry the emotion I feel. My heart is yours. Love."

Those who want to help pay for services can visit the funding site at www.youcaring.com.

Leclere moved to Grants Pass from Iowa a year ago and was working west of town on a farm. No arrests have been made in the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.

— Reach reporter Jeff Duewel at 541-474-3720 or jduewel@thedailycourier.com.