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Redmond resident arrested in fatal drugged-driving hit-and-run pedestrian crash

(Update: Adding Vasquez's release on bail, background)

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 19-year-old Redmond resident was arrested on manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run and drugged driving charges Friday evening after striking and killing a 90-year-old Redmond man crossing Northwest Sixth Street, police said Saturday.

Redmond officers and Redmond Fire & Rescue medics responded shortly after 6 p.m. to the area of Northwest Sixth Street, north of Kingwood Avenue, for a reported crash involving a pedestrian, Lt. Jesse Petersen said.

Officers learned that Leroy Hall, 90, had been crossing Sixth Street, wearing dark clothing and not in a marked crosswalk, when he was struck by a maroon 2018 GMC Yukon, then also hit by a second vehicle, Petersen said. Hall died at the scene.

The driver of the SUV, later identified as Anthony Vasquez, 19, of Redmond, fled the area, while the driver of the other vehicle remained at the crash scene, the lieutenant said.

Less than 10 minutes later, around 6:15 p.m., officers found Vasquez and the SUV in the area of Southwest 15th Street and Metolius Avenue, Petersen said.

Vasquez was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail in Bend on charges of first-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, felony hit-and-run, DUII-controlled substances, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

A jail officer confirmed that Vasquez posted 10 percent of his $330,000 bail and was released Saturday.

Court records show Vasquez, then 16, was arrested by Redmond police in late March of 2017 and indicted on a Class C felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude police, as well as two misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering and reckless driving,

In August of that year, records show, Vasquez entered no-contest pleas to the fleeing and recklessly endangering charges, and the reckless driving charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to a 1-year drivers license suspension and 18 months probation.

Petersen said the crash investigation is active and ongoing. He asked anyone with information that could help in the investigation to contact Redmond police through the county non-emergency dispatch number, 541-693-6911.

Sixth Street was closed for several hours due to the crash investigation, but reopened late Friday night.

Petersen thanked other agencies that assisted: the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, the county Medical Examiner’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, Redmond Fire & Rescue and Redmond Public Works.   

"Redmond’s safety is our top priority, and we would like to remind people to do the following if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian: Stay at the scene of the accident, call 911 if somebody is hurt, call the non-emergency number (541-693-6911) if no one is hurt, get everyone in a safe location until police arrive and if possible render aide to anyone who is hurt," Petersen said in a news release.  

"We also want to remind people to stay safe while walking near roadways at night," he added. "This includes wearing bright and reflective clothing, using a light generating device, using marked crosswalks when crossing roadways, and ensuring it is safe to cross before entering the roadway.    

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Barney Lerten

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46 Comments

    1. While I agree with your statement, there are other considerations:

      1 – It was dark.
      2 – 6th St. north of the “Y” is 5 lanes wide, and often times there are people crossing, in and out of traffic.
      3 – There is a controlled crossing a mere 2 blocks away, at Maple Ave.

      Let’s wait for the Saturday update.

      My condolences to the gentleman who lost his life, and also to the driver.

      1. 90 yrs old, maybe the 2 block represented a challenge. pedestrians always have the right of way, and a drugged driver may be would have missed the chance to avoid killing him

        1. Exactly. Drivers feel as though they’re the owners of all public spaces. The old man that shouldn’t have been driving and wasn’t driving ends up getting killed. And people have the audacity to demand a 90 year old guy walks an extra 4 blocks(2down plus 2back) to a “marked” cross walk. And a marked cross walk just makes drivers think that that’s the only place people can cross the road. And then people wonder what happened to the US. Think about that while speeding through other peoples neighborhoods; while you’re on your way home to where you probably have a slow down sign in your yard.

        1. The hit and run DRUGGY should not have been allowed to bail out at 10%. For a serious CRIME how about raising bail to at least 50%? I am glad that he was charged with some “naughty” behavior, which we will see MUCH more of since everyone can now do drugs legally without getting in trouble. Thank you Kate Brownshirt and your friends and cronies.

        1. JJ, seems like “MarineVet65” is correct according to this updated story, you may want to be a little less hasty in your judging people’s comments. And get off the internet as well.

    2. Simply losing the ability to drive is nowhere near a harsh enough punishment
      for someone convicted of this…
      Besides, people that drive impaired obviously don’t follow rules, and losing
      their license isn’t going to stop them from driving, because they don’t care,
      and we know that people drive everyday with no license or insurance…

  1. I hope this little, maggot gets life for this! Yes, the elderly man shouldn’t have been walking at night especially with dark clothes on, but this creep had no concern for anyone but his cowardly self.

    So sad for Mr. Hall’s family. Bless his heart. 🙁

      1. Like Obummer pardoned hundreds of drug dealers, cop killers, and such as? Voting for a living is easier than working for one, as all libs know and practice like a religion.

  2. Oregon law says it doesn’t matter if is a marked crosswalk you must stop. We go thru the spud bowl many times a day and bikes ride thru like they own the road, I thought you were supposed to walk your bike across.

  3. I wonder what the “controlled substance” he was on to get charged with “DUII-controlled substances”, legal or otherwise. Oh, what, it seems like the liberals (Deschutes County, Potland, and “The Valley”) basically legalized just about everything known to the local pusher, so it could have been almost anything. I hope you liberals understand your kids now have less to fear while getting high, other than a “time out” and taking their phone away until noon.

    1. You’re correct and what is also equally crazy to add to your comment is In the state of Oregon moving forward with this new drug law is: it will cost you more in a fine from not wearing your seatbelt than having heroin, coke or meth on you.

      Also take in consideration Oregon’s sentencing for fatal hit and runs: a man was killed in lapine by a hit and run roughly 8-10 years ago by drunk driving- served only 5 years. Another guy killed in bend that was homeless by a drunk driving hit and run (suspect was a les Schwabs employee) served 90 days in jail,

      This is Oregon the new Vegas come here do any drug you want for a small fee, kill people drunk driving no problem we will defend you. Get ready, Next voting round Oregon will legalize prostitution. Then we will have it all! Our own little criminal paradise!

    1. I voted NO as well. But unfortunately, this will not be the last life that is taken by an individual under the influence of drugs. People think that because they’re legal you can drive under their influence

  4. This was truly tragic. Yes, it was dark and likely difficult for the vehicle to see the pedestrian. The fact that this poor man was hit twice is an indication that he was not easily seen. T hff e fact that the 19 year old was on drugs is certainly a factor to consider. Yes, they need a crosswalk in the area and I still think it will be challenging to see pedestrians there. The speed limit is 40, you come around a turn before getting to that area, there are also 4 lanes and a center turn lane. The safest way would be a pedestrian overpass but there is no budget for best options. Two lives ended and a third is forever changed. Was it preventable?

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