Sanipac truck involved in deadly parking lot accident, court documents say

Police have not released the name of the victim, who was in a parking lot off of Willamette Street.

Posted: Aug 28, 2019 1:37 PM
Updated: Aug 28, 2019 6:53 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The vehicle that hit and killed a woman in a sleeping bag in downtown Eugene was a Sanipac truck, according to court documents.

In a search warrant affidavit filed in Lane County Circuit Court, Eugene police reveal details about what they say happened Monday morning at a parking lot near Willamette Street.

According to the documents, at 5:20 a.m. video surveillance nearby allegedly caught a Sanipac garbage truck running over the woman. Police said they found large tire marks near the body during their investigation.

Officers who responded to inspect the truck said they saw evidence in plain view on the rear passenger tire.

The warrant allowed the truck to be brought into police custody for further investigation. 

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The woman has not been identified.

However, Dan Bryant, a minister at First Christian Church in Eugene, said Sunday morning a woman with a red sleeping bag attended a breakfast at the church.

He said the red sleeping bag she had that day was similar to the one the person was found in Monday morning.

Bryant said at the breakfast, the woman didn’t interact much with others. He said security footage from the church showed the woman had been hanging around the church most of the day Sunday.

He said in the video, it appeared as if she fell asleep in one part of the parking lot but then moved to a different spot in the middle of the night.

“Many of our volunteers who did interact with her Sunday morning took the news pretty hard. It's a horrible way for anyone to die,” Bryant said.

He said for him, this is a call to action. He said the community as a whole needs to do more to help people on the streets and provide more shelters.

“It just illustrates once again how dangerous it is when you do not have a place to sleep,” Bryant said. “So many people are at risk because they do not have safe shelter."

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