Alleged Gresham hit-and-run driver faces murder charge
A 52-year-old Gresham man was arraigned on three charges Monday afternoon, Aug. 15, after allegedly swerving to fatally run over a victim following an altercation earlier this month.
Donald Bighaus faces charges of second-degree murder, failing to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person, and unlawful use of a weapon, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said.
The charges stem from an incident on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Rosemary Anderson High School, 2208 S.E. 182nd Ave. in Gresham. According to court documents, Bighaus and the victim got into a physical fight in the parking lot outside the school, with video surveillance capturing both the altercation and subsequent hit-and-run.
Following the fight, Bighaus allegedly got into his car while the victim began riding away on a bicycle. Bighaus allegedly reversed his vehicle at a high rate of speed to catch up, swerving to strike the victim, crushing him between the car and a building. Footage allegedly shows Bighaus continue to reverse for another 15 feet, dragging the victim's body, before shifting and driving over the victim's body one last time.
Gresham police used the surveillance video to see the license plate and identify Bighaus, who was arrested a day after the fatal hit-and-run.
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