Eugene police arrest suspect in fatal hit and run pedestrian crash, suspect arraigned

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Police are trying to find a van they suspect hit and killed a person on West 11th Avenue Saturday evening in Eugene.
Police are trying to find a van they suspect hit and killed a person on West 11th Avenue Saturday evening in Eugene.

A pedestrian was hit and killed by a van Saturday evening in west Eugene. Police arrested a man Sunday morning in connection with the hit and run.

The suspect, 29-year-old Parker William Volberg, was arraigned Monday in Lane County Circuit Court on one charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver to a seriously injured person.

The collision happened at around 5:25 p.m. on West 11th Avenue near the intersection of Oak Patch Road, according to Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin. She confirmed it was a fatal collision a little after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Police were searching for a white full-size van that was seen driving eastbound on West 11th Avenue on Saturday and wanted in connection with the incident.

The vehicle was located Sunday near the intersection of Clear Lake Road and Territorial Highway, McLaughlin said. Officers, a K9 unit and drone team operator responded and found Volberg inside the van. Volberg was reportedly suicidal and had access to a gun, McLaughlin said.

Volberg, a Eugene resident, complied with officers and was arrested without incident, McLaughlin said. He has remained lodged in Lane County Jail, and his next court date is Feb. 14.

The deceased victim's identity has not been released yet as next of kin are still being notified, McLaughlin said Monday.

Louis Krauss covers breaking news for The Register-Guard. Contact him at lkrauss@registerguard.com, and follow him on Twitter @LouisKraussNews.

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