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Police: Klamath Falls hit-and-run resulted from quarrel between suspect and victim

Klamath Falls Police said that 37-year-old Amanda DeSpain drove her pickup at the victim, 39-year-old Dennis Myers, after the two got into an argument.

Posted: Jun 15, 2021 10:15 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — An argument on Monday between two apparent lovers devolved into a hit-and-run that left a man hospitalized with serious head injuries, according to the Klamath Falls Police Department.

KFPD officers responded to a parking lot behind 416 Walnut Avenue for reports of the hit-and-run shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday. The initial call reported that a male pedestrian had been hit by the driver of a pickup truck, knocking him to the ground. The driver fled the scene.

Officers arrived to find 39-year-old Dennis Wayne Myers lying on the ground in the parking lot behind a parked vehicle. He was suffering from significant head injuries, KFPD said, and medical staff took him to Sky Lakes Medical Center for further evaluation. Myers was later flown to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for more specialized treatment, and his current status is unknown.

Investigators soon identified the driver of the pickup as 37-year-old Amanda DeSpain, who they learned was involved in an "intimate relationship" with Myers. KFPD said that the two got into an argument in the parking lot prior to the incident.

"The verbal altercation escalated and Despain entered her vehicle and aggressively dove it in the direction of Meyers, who was standing in front of her pickup," the agency said.

DeSpain allegedly accelerated toward Myers, knocking over his parked motorcycle. When Myers approached DeSpain's driver-side door, she threw the pickup into reverse — "causing Myers to violently fall backwards onto the asphalt," according to KFPD.

DeSpain drove away from the scene after Myers crashed to the ground, but investigators later found and took her into custody. She was lodged in the Klamath County Jail on charges of Assault II, Felony Hit & Run, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Reckless Driving.

KFPD said that the incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information that can assist should contact the agency at 541-883-5336, or call the anonymous tip line at 541-883-5334.

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