PHOENIX, Ore. — Deputies arrested an intoxicated driver after she struck and killed a woman near the city of Phoenix on Wednesday evening, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office says.
Deputies responded just after 5 p.m. to reports of a crash involving a pedestrian on Houston Road near the intersection with Calhoun Road. JCSO said that a woman had been walking in the area when she was hit by the driver of a pickup truck.
The victim was later identified as 95-year-old Dorothy Ann Vickland of Thornton, Colorado. She was in the area visiting relatives, who lived nearby the scene of the crash. Vickland did not survive, the Sheriff's Office said.
"While law enforcement was en-route, several citizens assisted with helping the pedestrian," the Sheriff's Office said. "At the same time other citizens followed the suspect vehicle as it fled the scene."
Deputies found the suspect vehicle, a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup, speeding westbound toward Carpenter Hill Road before pulling into an orchard in the 1300-block. Officers caught up and began trying to contact the driver.
JCSO said that the woman, later identified as 43-year-old Regina Gwen Hayes of Salem, was "uncooperative" from the beginning and through her arrest. Deputies took her to a local hospital for a blood draw, then took her to jail.
Hayes faces charges of Manslaughter 1, DUII, Reckless Driving, and felony Hit-and-Run. Her bail is set at $117,500.