Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run outside Portland pub –

Man killed in SE Portland hit-and-run

Teresa Blackman, Staff 9:14 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, 34-year-old Chris Chandler 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.

Witnesses said he had been getting into a friend’s car after watching a Saturday night concert when he was struck.

The driver left the scene, with witnesses chasing after the car. Police sent out a description of the car, a white 4-door with out-of-state plates, 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 on Sunday afternoon. 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, which features local bands, said Chandler was a longtime customer who was well-known in the Portland music community.  They said he had attended hundreds of shows there over the years, and it was one of his favorite places to enjoy local music.

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


Cover Photos – Goodfoot Pub & Lounge | Facebook

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.

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