Driver charged with manslaughter after woman injured in Jan. 25 crash dies at hospital


    <p>The man who ran from the scene of a 5-car crash Friday on I-105 now faces a charge of manslaughter after one of the crash victims died at the hospital, Eugene Police say. Officers initially arrested Marc Joseph McPhail, 55, of Springfield on charges of DUII, Assault in the Second Degree, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run). (SBG; Lane County Jail){/p}

    EUGENE, Ore. - The man who ran from the scene of a 5-car crash January 25 on I-105 has been charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree after one of the crash victims died from her injuries Saturday, Eugene Police said.

    Officers initially arrested Marc Joseph McPhail, 55, of Springfield on charges of DUII, Assault in the Second Degree, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run).

    The additional charges stem from the death of 82-year-old Patsy Joan Roberts of Eugene. Injured in the crash, Roberts died at the hospital Saturday, February 2, police said.

    Manslaughter in the First Degree carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in Oregon under Measure 11.

    Police said McPhail also faces charges of Reckless Endangering (two counts) and Reckless Driving.

    The crash happened just after 12:15 p.m. on the last Friday of January.

    An officer saw a red Chevy Impala exit 7th Avenue onto I-105 eastbound "at a high rate of speed," police said.

    The officer then saw the Impala involved in a 5-car crash.

    "The involved driver fled on foot through the business area north of I-105," police said. "Police located and contacted a person of interest at Pentagon Federal Credit Union and are continuing to investigate the incident."

    That person of interest - McPhail - has now been identified as a suspect.

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