Eugene (KMTR) Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 31-year old man Friday evening on charges in connection with Wednesday night's fatal hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian along 30th Avenue near Lane Community College in Eugene. The arrest was the culmination of an intensive investigation by OSP troopers and detectives, assisted by local law enforcement agencies, and the public's help including an anonymous tip that was key to tonight's development.
Following up on one of several tips received during the last two days, on June 8, 2012 OSP troopers and detectives investigated an anonymous tip that led them to the 72000 block of Shoestring Road near London, Oregon southeast of Cottage Grove.
Acting on the anonymous tip, OSP located and seized a blue 2005 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup believed to the be the vehicle that struck and killed BRYSON MICHAEL KRISSIE, age 18, on June 6, 2012 at approximately 10:13 p.m. as he walked eastbound along the shoulder on 30th Avenue just west of LCC near Gonyea Street.
The pickup's owner, JASON MANSKE, age 31, who resides on Shoestring Road, was stopped by OSP troopers at approximately 6:30 p.m. driving a different vehicle as they responded to the area. MANSKE was subsequently arrested by OSP and lodged in the Lane County Jail for one count of Felony Hit & Run and one count of Criminally Negligent Homicide.
OSP Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant Andy Kenyon praised the public's help that ultimately led to Friday's developments.
"We are so appreciative of the public's interest throughout the last couple days to help find the suspect vehicle and its driver so quickly. It took just one tip to get us to this point, but there were many other people who also provided tips to try and help. There is no doubt that this development helps bring a slight sense of relief to the victim's family and our officers working on this case," said Kenyon.
The investigation is continuing and there is no additional information to be released at this time. Even though there was an arrest in this case and the suspect vehicle was located, anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or email tips in this case to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us.
Email tips will be monitored by the Criminal Investigation Division, reviewed and then forwarded to the lead investigator(s) for follow-up investigation. Emails should include specific details including the type of case and tip information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, email authors are encouraged to provide contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.