Two men killed in a hit-and-run crash near Cave Junction overnight were fighting on Highway 199 when the crash happened, Oregon State Police reported.
Updated 10:15 a.m. Two men killed in a hit-and-run crash near Cave Junction overnight were fighting on Highway 199 when the crash happened, Oregon State Police reported.
An investigation into the fatal crash found that Jarred Quinn Houston, 21, of Cave Junction, stopped his vehicle on the highway's shoulder, possibly because of a mechanical problem, OSP said in a news release this morning.
Robert Calvin, 41, also of Cave Junction, was walking by with a woman. Calvin and Houston began to argue, then the dispute turned physical, police reported. As both men began fighting in the southbound lane, they were struck by a light-colored, possibly beige or tan, 1980s single cab Toyota pickup truck.
The truck, which has a matching canopy and front-end damage, continued south without stopping.
A caller reported at about 12:15 a.m. that two people had been struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199 near milepost 30 south of Cave Junction. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed both men were dead and the truck that hit them was gone.
Police across Northern California and Southern Oregon are on the look out for the truck.
Anyone with information is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111.
7:10 a.m. Oregon State Police are on the hunt for the driver of a Toyota pickup truck who allegedly struck and killed two men on Highway 199 before driving away early today.
OSP said in a news release that they received a report of a hit and run at 12:15 a.m. and responded to the 27000 block of Highway 199 near milepost 30. Responders, including police and the Illinois Valley Fire District, found a 21-year-old male and a 41-year-old male, both dead from an apparent hit and run. The Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted at the scene during the initial investigation. OSP reported the stretch of road was closed, but it has since reopened according to www.tripcheck.com.
The identities of the men have not yet been released, but police are looking to the public for help in tracking the person suspected of killing them. The suspect's vehicle is described as a light-colored — possibly beige or tan — 1980s-style single cab Toyota pickup truck with a canopy and front end damage. It reportedly headed south after the collision. Anyone with information for police should contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-776-6111.
Northern California and southern Oregon law enforcement agencies have also been notified to be on the lookout for that vehicle. The OSP Criminal Investigations and Patrol Services divisions are heading up the ongoing case.
— Ryan Pfeil