Eugene Man Dies In Hit And Run; Suspects Found, Receive Multiple Charges

Aug 25, 2017

A Eugene man was killed early Thursday when his car was hit by a driver allegedly fleeing a sheriff’s deputy.

Brandi Lee Gonzales and Colby Russell Jongeward hare being held in the Lane County Jail.
Credit Lane County Jail

According to Eugene police, 20-year old Brandi Lee Gonzales was driving the wrong way on a one-way street in downtown Eugene when the crash occurred. She and a passenger ran away, but were captured in an alley a short time later.

Officers tried to save the motorist--52-year old Eran Jacob Shlesinger—but he was dead when medics arrived.

Sergeant Caryn Barab describes the charges against the driver and her passenger, Colby Jongeward.

BARAB: “The passenger had warrants and also was arrested for interfering with police and failure to perform the duties of a passenger in a crash. The driver was arrested for Manslaughter 1, Assault 4, Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run felony for a fatal, Reckless Endangering, felony and misdemeanor Elude.”

The two have been arrested together at least twice before in the past couple of years.