Oregon Postal Employee Killed In Crash On His Way Home From Work

The Oregon State Police is continuing its investigation into the April 14 motorcycle crash that claimed the life of Oregon postal employee James Osredkar – a husband and father of four.

Brenden Duck, a 19-year-old from McMinnville, has been indicted by a Polk County Grand Jury on one count each of first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree arson, second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, fail to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person, possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The charges are all Class B and C felonies. Second-degree manslaughter is a Measure 11 offense falling under mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.

Duck is accused of stealing a Toyota Prius in Lincoln County, using it to cause the crash that killed 43-year-old James Osredkar, then setting it afire.

He is lodged in jail on $200,000 bail and next appears in circuit court in Dallas at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9 for a trial report conference.

The information below is provided by the OSP – Oregon State Police:

4/28/17 – Investigators from the Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation of an April 14, 2017, hit and run crash involving a fatality. Detectives are seeking the driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) operating in the area of Hwy 22 near Hwy 99W on April 14, 2017, between the hours of 12:30am and 2:30am. Detectives believe the driver may have information relating to the crash involving a Toyota Prius and a motorcycle and believe the Prius may have been attempting to pass the CMV when the collision occurred. It is possible the driver of the CMV was unaware of the crash but may have pulled over shortly thereafter for an unknown reason. OSP is asking CMV operators who may have information about or who may have been driving in the area during the listed time frame to contact OSP Dispatch at 503-375-3555. 

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Previous Release:

Brenden James Duck was located and arrested on April 16, 2017 and lodged in the Polk County Jail. DUCK has been charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Felony Hit & Run, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and PCS Meth. Jessica Jaeger and Michala Ann Brown were located and questioned. Investigators are still trying to locate Makayla Aldeguer as a person of interest. 

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Previous Update:
On the evening of April 15th, BROWN was located and is cooperating with the investigation. She was subsequently taken into custody for a probation violation.

OSP is still seeking to speak with three other persons of interest. Those persons are:
*Brenden James DUCK, age 19, of McMinnville
*Makayla C ALDEGUER, age 23, of McMinnville
*Jessica M JAEGER, age 19, of Sheridan

OSP is asking if anyone knows the location of the above persons or has information about the incident to call 800-452-7888.

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Previous Release:
The victim has been identified as 43 year old James Rudolph Osredkar from Sheridan. OSP is requesting assistance in locating a person of interest who has been identified as 22 year old Michala Ann Brown. Her last known address was in McMinnville. She has relatives in Dayton and McMinnville. 

On April 14, 2017 at approximately 6:30am, OSP was notified and responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Hwy 22 near milepost 14. Shortly after arriving on scene of the motorcycle crash, OSP was notified of a vehicle fire on Ford Street in Rickreall. 

OSP determined that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Lincoln County several days earlier. Evidence at the scene of the motorcycle crash links the stolen vehicle to the fatality crash. OSP is withholding the involved individual’s identification until the family has been notified.

OSP is seeking any witnesses that might have been in the area or have any information regarding this incident and are asked to call OSP Dispatch at 800-452-7888. The pictured black Toyota Prius is not the actual vehicle involved, but is for comparison uses only.

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