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Deadly parking lot accident a call to action, Eugene minister says

Police have not released the name of the victim, who was in a parking lot off of Willamette Street.

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 6:29 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 6:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Police are still investigating a tragic death in downtown Eugene, in which a person in a sleeping bag was hit by a vehicle and killed on Monday.

Police have not released the name of the victim, who was in a parking lot off of Willamette Street.

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However, Dan Bryant, a minister at First Christian Church in Eugene, said Sunday morning a woman with a red sleeping bag attended a breakfast at the church.

He said the red sleeping bag she had that day was similar to the one the person was found in Monday morning.

Bryant said at the breakfast, the woman didn’t interact much with others. He said security footage from the church showed the woman had been hanging around the church most of the day Sunday.

He said in the video, it appeared as if she fell asleep in one part of the parking lot but then moved to a different spot in the middle of the night.

“Many of our volunteers who did interact with her Sunday morning took the news pretty hard. It's a horrible way for anyone to die,” Bryant said.

He said for him, this is a call to action. He said the community as a whole needs to do more to help people on the streets and provide more shelters.

“It just illustrates once again how dangerous it is when you do not have a place to sleep,” Bryant said. “So many people are at risk because they do not have safe shelter."

Police said they have located the driver and vehicle involved in the accident, but they have not released further details.

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