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Cave Junction men killed as fight spills onto highway

Two men who were fighting on Highway 199 near Cave Junction were struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver just after midnight on Wednesday, Oregon State Police reported.

Police said that Jarred Quinn Houston, 21, of Cave Junction, had stopped his vehicle on the highway's shoulder, possibly because of a mechanical problem.

Robert Rob 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 the men were fighting in the southbound lane of the highway, they were struck by a light-colored, possibly beige or tan, 1980s, single cab Toyota pickup.

The truck, which has a matching canopy and front-end damage, continued south without stopping.

Lt. Gregg Hastings of OSP said he didn't know what the two men were fighting about before they were struck.

"I don't know all the complete details on that," Hastings said. "It seemed like a very odd set of circumstances that unfolded."

Police received a report of the hit-and-run at 12:15 a.m. and responded to the 27000 block of Highway 199 near milepost 30, just south of Cave Junction, OSP said in a news release.

Responders, including the Illinois Valley Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation, found Houston and Calvin dead at the scene. OSP reported the stretch of road was closed until 4 a.m.

Police are asking the public for help in finding the driver who fled. Anyone with information about the incident should contact OSP Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111.

Northern California and Southern Oregon law enforcement agencies have been notified to be on the lookout for the pickup. The OSP Criminal Investigations and Patrol Services divisions are heading up the investigation.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.