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Shaun Lowry arrested on suspicion of first-degree manslaughter

A Roseburg businessman, who police say hit two pedestrians, killing one and seriously injuring the other, was arrested Thursday on warrants charging him with first-degree manslaughter and drunken driving.

Shaun Everett Lowry, who operates two automotive repair shops, was taken into custody around 6 p.m. at his business in the Roseburg Valley Mall, Roseburg police said today.

Police say Lowry, 32, was driving south on Lookingglass Road near Normandy Avenue at about 10:45 p.m. Aug. 13 when he struck two pedestrians walking on the west side of the road.

Amanda S. Bell, 24, of Myrtle Creek was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where she died from her injuries.

Shawnacy E. Hyatt, 37, of Roseburg was flown from Mercy to Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, where he was admitted in critical condition. He has been released, a hospital spokesman said today.

Lowry has managed Shaun’s Precision Lube & Tune, 377 Garden Valley Blvd., since 2010. He opened a second automotive repair shop with the same name this year in the mall, occupying a portion of the mall vacated by Sears.

People contacted at both shops today declined to comment.

Besides manslaughter and drunken driving, Lowry was arrested on warrants charging second-degree assault, two counts of hit-and-run and two counts of recklessly endangering another person.

He was being held today in lieu of $750,000 bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Roseburg police and Oregon State Police investigated the case and turned over their report to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. The case was presented Thursday to a grand jury, which handed down the indictment against Lowry.

Roseburg police noted on the night of incident that Lowry was not injured. The indictment alleges that Lowry failed to immediately stop his vehicle and remain at the scene.

Lowry graduated from Roseburg High School in 1999. He told The News-Review in May that his two shops employed 10 people and that he planned to open a third shop in Cottage Grove within a year.

• Reporter Betsy Swanback can be reached at 541-957-4208 or bswanback@nrtoday.com.


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The News-Review Updated Sep 2, 2013 05:53PM Published Aug 30, 2013 07:20PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.