Arrest made in deadly hit-and-run outside Portland pub –

Man killed in SE Portland hit-and-run

Teresa Blackman, Staff 8:49 a.m. PDT September 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police have arrested a 20-year-old suspect in the hit-and-run that killed a man in Southeast Portland early Sunday morning.

The victim, identified as Chris Chandler, 34, of Portland, was hit by a car in front of the Goodfoot Pub and Lounge, at Southeast 29th Avenue and Stark Street, around 2 a.m., police said.  He was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.

Police circulated a description of the car that struck Chandler, hoping someone could help identify and capture the driver.  One tip from a community member led them to a car parked at Southeast 20th Avenue and Oak Street. Then officers identified the owner of the car as Frederick Ryerson, Jr. and arrested him, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

Employees at the Goodfoot Pub, which features local bands, said Chandler was a longtime customer who was well-known in the Portland music community.  They said he was getting into a friend’s car after watching a Saturday night show at Goodfoot when he was struck.

Witnesses said a white car that appeared to be a Honda Civic 4-door struck Chandler and then took off.  The car had an out-of-state license plate that either had these numbers, or similar:  I-V-D-1-0-3-6.  This is the description that police circulated on Sunday.

Ryerson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of felony hit-and-run.  He will be arraigned Monday and the district attorney’s office will review the case, then likely add more charges.

Local musicians who knew Chandler held a jam session in his honor Sunday night at Goodfoot.


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They said he had attended hundreds of shows there over the years, and it was one of his favorite places to enjoy local music.

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