Police Locate Hit and Run Suspect

By Sharon Ko

MEDFORD, Ore. —  Less than 24 hours after a fatal crash, Medford Police find a Central Point woman who they believe is responsible for a hit and run Monday morning.

NewsWatch 12 had an exclusive interview with a neighbor who witnessed deputies take Schroeder into custody. Michael Doak says before officers arrived, he heard some commotion outside in the yard. He saw his neighbors holding Leta Schroeder down on the ground. He says one was her husband and another person was her sister-in-law.

“And she tried to escape. And the lady that resides back there had the sheriff on the phone evidently. And they were trying to hold her,” says neighbor Michael Doak.

Doak says officers arrived on scene and were able to detain her. First responders also arrived and took her to Providence Medford Medical Center for treatment.

Schroeder disappeared around 4 a.m. Monday. Police say she ran a red light driving northbound on Riverside Avenue. They say she struck a van carrying 7 men traveling westbound on Crater Lake Highway. Multiple people were injured in the crash and one passenger died.

Schroeder could be facing a felony charge for fleeing the scene of the accident. She remains at the hospital under the watch of Medford Police.