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Police: Wrong-way driver fleeing deputy caused fatal crash in Eugene

The driver who hit and killed a Eugene man early Thursday morning was driving the wrong-way on a one-way street while attempting to flee a sheriff's deputy, Eugene Police said. Police arrested the driver Brandi Gonzales (left) and her passenger, Colby Jongeward (right). (SBG and Lane County Jail photos)

EUGENE, Ore. - The driver who hit and killed a Eugene man early Thursday morning was driving the wrong-way on a one-way street while attempting to flee a sheriff's deputy, Eugene Police said.

The crash claimed the life of 52-year-old Eran Schlesinger.

The series of events began around 12:30 a.m., when a Lane County Sheriff's Deputy stopped 20-year-old Brandi Gonzales for a traffic violation.

Police say Gonzales drove off, going the wrong way on Washington Street.

That's when her car collided with Schlesinger's in the intersection with 7th Street.

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Police said Gonzales then ran from the scene. She was found hiding in an alley.

Gonzales was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash, police said.

"We would like to remind people the perils of driving while impaired," Sgt. Caryn Barab said. "They can have tragic consequences, so please use other options."

Gonzales and her passenger - 23-year-old Colby Jongeward - were treated at the hospital and then booked into the Lane County Jail.

Gonzales faces charges of manslaughter, eluding police and DUI, among other charges.

Jongeward is accused of interfering with police.

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