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One dead, one critically injured after man drives wildly across Hwy 99

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UPDATE 9/10/22: The deceased victim’s name is Amber Joanne Mark, age 42, no address.

On Friday afternoon, Eugene police announced that 18-year-old Anthony Charles Rodeen of Eugene has been charged in the case. Rodeen is facing charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and two counts of Felony Hit & Run.

Police also said that the 23-year-old victim who was taken to the hospital "is recovering from her injuries."

Original story follows:

Eugene Police have a man in custody after a deadly driving spree on Highway 99 yesterday afternoon.

A 911 dispatcher took a call about a Toyota 4Runner being driven recklessly, with witnesses saying it was going south in the northbound lanes. The vehicle ran over a roadside tent with a couple inside, fatally injuring the woman and narrowly missing the man. The driver then hit a pedestrian outside a Dari Mart, who remains in critical condition.

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EPD Chief Chris Skinner at Thursday night's briefing.

At a briefing last night, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said bystanders helped police detain the driver -- whose motive remains unknown.

“We’re not ruling out intentionality, we’re not ruling out impairment, both under the influence of some kind of an intoxicant and or medical or mental impairment," said Skinner. "So we’re early enough in the investigation that we just don’t know. But we’re hopeful that we’re going to be able to get that information as the investigation unfolds.”

After his arrest, police took the man to a hospital for medical attention. Skinner said the crime scene involves a near-two mile stretch of 99.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.