Police: Man killed in road rage incident near Coos Bay
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) — A 28-year-old North Bend man was killed Sunday in a road-rage incident, police said.
Michael David Moore died after he was run over by the driver of a Chevy Tahoe pickup at around 11:27 a.m. in North Bend, The World reported.
In a press release, District Attorney R. Paul Frasier said it's clear Moore was intentionally struck. An autopsy showed Moore died as a result of severe crushing injuries to his chest and abdomen, Frasier said.
The Coos County Major Crime Team and Coos County Crash Team are investigating with North Bend police.
The investigation so far shows an initial altercation happened in downtown North Bend, according to police. Moore was a passenger in a black Ford Ranger pickup and after the altercation, the Ranger was followed by people in the Chevy Tahoe and what was initially reported as a red Honda Prelude. Frasier said in a news release Tuesday that it was instead a Toyota Camry that also followed the Ranger.
During the chase, the Ford Ranger crashed into a curb and could no longer be driven.
Moore then exited the vehicle and confronted the Tahoe driver, police said. The argument continued and police say the Tahoe driver drove over Moore, crashed into a home and drove away.
Police located the Tahoe nearby and police say a witness indicated the driver of the Tahoe fled in the Camry. The Ranger and the Tahoe have since been impounded. The Camry was found abandoned in a remote rural part of North Coos County, Frasier said Tuesday.
Frasier said investigators are looking for Joshua Thompson, 40, who was last known to live in Coquille, as well as driver of the Camry. Thompson was described as a person of interest by police.