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Springfield police seek driver in hit-and-run caught on camera

Surveillance video from Everybody's Market on 71st and Main streets caught a driver getting out of his Ford Ranger before it starts to roll backwards.

Posted: Nov 26, 2019 6:35 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Springfield Police Department is searching for a driver who is suspected of a hit-and-run on Sunday evening.

Surveillance video from Everybody's Market on 71st and Main streets caught a driver getting out of his Ford Ranger before it starts to roll backwards. A dog inside can be seen sticking its head out trying to get its owner's attention. The truck rolls across Main Street, missing oncoming traffic and hitting a house across the street.

A nearby resident who goes by Sandy said she heard it all happen.

"I heard a crash, and there was a silence," she said. "It sounded like a car was having trouble starting up, and I thought maybe they were having car trouble. I heard what sounded like they were dragging something. I assumed something was dragging on the car."

Surveillance video also captured the driver's confusion minutes later when he realizes his car was missing. He then sees it across the street and quickly walks to his car.

Witnesses said he jumped in and drove off with his dog without notifying the house's owner or the police.

Sgt. George Crolly from the Springfield Police Department said it would be better if the driver turned himself in.

"Obviously there is going to be accountability because a hit-and-run happened. There are going to be consequences for that, but it will always be better for them to reach out," Crolly said.

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