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Hit-and-run suspect's family: 'I can't believe my brother has actually killed somebody'

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For the first time, we are hearing from the family of a man accused of a deadly hit-and-run in Hillsboro over the weekend.

Deputies say Bryan Onderdonk crashed into another car killing a man, and then ran from the scene and broke into a woman's house to hide.

"I can't believe that my brother has actually killed somebody in a car accident," said Bryan Onderdonk's half-brother, Gregg Onderdonk.

Gregg and his wife Laura Onderdonk are still reeling from the news.

"I'm having a hard time dealing with all of this," Gregg Onderdonk said.

Deputies arrested their half-brother Bryan Onderdonk after a four hour search in Hillsboro. Deputies said Bryan Onderdonk slammed into a car at the intersection of Southwest Farmington Road and Highway 219 Sunday morning, killing the other driver Marcos Castillo.

Castillo's wife said he was heading to a landscaping job in Hillsboro from their home in Vancouver.

"He was such a kind, loving, honest man, hard-working. I just can't fathom he's not coming home anymore," Cindy Castillo said.

The crash destroyed the car Marcos Castillo was driving and killed him instantly.

Deputies say they tried to stop Bryan Onderdonk, but he took off running. After a four-hour search using police dogs, police finally tracked him down after he allegedly broke into two houses to steal a change of clothes and hide.

"I understand you hit a guy, you killed a guy and you're upset, but you should have just manned up. And been there and stuck around and been there and done what he could to help," Gregg Onderdonk said.

Deputies arrested a barefoot Bryan Onderdonk, still wearing the neighbor's coveralls. He shouted, "Christ is Lord" and "He's here so repent for his sins," at television cameras as deputies drove him off to jail.

Onderdonk's family tells us he had recently spent time in Iraq as a contractor and was hoping to go back. They say he grew up in a family surrounded by drugs and alcohol.

Today, he was arraigned in a Washington County courtroom.

"I hope he ends up having to face his charges. I hope he ends up having to do some time for killing a man, for taking a man's life and for running, not feeling bad about it," Onderdonk's half-sister-in-law Laura Onderdonk said.

Deputies said Bryan Onderdonk was not intoxicated at the time of the crash. He is in the Washington County Jail facing several serious charges including burglary and felony hit and run.

He will be back in court on April 1.

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