HIT AND RUN SUSPECT ARREST

Crume booking photo (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

SALEM, OR (KPTV) - A blind man and his service dog were hit in Salem, and on Wednesday officers have arrested the suspect who fled from the scene.

Steven Murphy, who is blind, and his guide dog, Amilia, were struck by a car while crossing Hrubetz Road SE near Liberty Rd S on Monday, according to police.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Murphy and Amilia fled the scene and did not contact police.

Police said Murphy was transported to Salem Health with serious injuries while Amilia was transported by a family friend to a veterinarian clinic. At this time, police believe both are recovering from their injuries.

On Wednesday, officers were called by the owner of the car that hit Murphy.

The owner stated they had loaned the car to an acquaintance, identified as Donald Crume, 49, of Salem, who had returned the car damaged, according to police.

Officers said Crume gave the owner a different reason for the damage, so the owner contacted a repairman to fix it. When the repairman saw the damage, they told the owner they believed the vehicle had possibly hit a person.

The owner then called police to report the suspicious damage.

Based on the damage to the vehicle and evidence that was found at the crash scene, officers were able to determine this was the vehicle used in the hit-and-run of Murphy and Amilia.

Officers located Crume and arrested him for a hit-and-run felony, hit-and-run of an animal, third-degree assault and unrelated warrants.

Someone who knew Murphy created a GoFundMe page on his behalf. You can access the page here.

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