21-year-old sentenced to 1 year for fatal hit-and-run

Frederick Ryerson hit 34-year-old Christopher Brian Chandler

20-year-old Frederick James Ryerson Jr. was arrested after officers received reports of a car that matched the description of the vehicle suspected in the crash. (Portland Police)
20-year-old Frederick James Ryerson Jr. was arrested after officers received reports of a car that matched the description of the vehicle suspected in the crash. (Portland Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A 21-year-old man who fatally struck a pedestrian with his car in Portland and then drove away has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Friends and community members are mourning the death of Chris Chandler, 34. (Facebook)
Friends and community members are mourning the death of Chris Chandler, 34. (Facebook)

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Frederick James Ryerson Jr. was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to hit-and-run driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Ryerson had been driving his Honda Civic in September 2015 when he hit 34-year-old Christopher Brian Chandler, who later died at a hospital.

Police had tracked Ryerson down after a friend of Chandler’s spotted the Honda with noticeable damage parked on a street near the crash site.

Ryerson admitted that he hit Chandler but said at the time he hadn’t realized he struck a person.

Ryerson apologized in court Monday.