'Homicide by truck' slays pedestrian on SE 82nd
On Monday, June 6, just days after the Oregon Department of Transportation turned over State Highway 213 — that's the road you know as S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses — to the Portland Bureau of Transportation for the city to maintain, a man was struck and killed there, across from Eastport Plaza.
At 9:05 p.m., East Precinct officers -- who were originally sent to Gladstone Street at west of 82nd, found that a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle and had died at the scene was actually a block north, at Center Street, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood.
The Portland Police Major Crash Team was called in, and it wasn't long until 26 PPB units had gathered there or were on their way.
There were several witnesses to the tragedy, including those across the street at the Taco Bell drive-through, and a few pedestrians.
However, a worker at the Eastport Food Carts told reporters he watched the situation unfold — and his account matched the security video obtained by police after the incident.
The witness told THE BEE that he heard the sound of someone gunning a large vehicle, looked up, and saw a full-size red pickup truck slam into the pedestrian and drag the victim's body across the road. The pickup truck then turned around and took off, almost hitting a bicycle rider in the process.
Officers were able to determine the license plate number of the truck, and the suspect was found not far from the crash and taken into custody.
Police arrested 40-year-old Frederick Deatric Moore and booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) late that night at 12:58 p.m., on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit & Run). Moore is still behind bars in the MCDC; his combined bail on the additional charges amount to $275.000.
Court documents showed that Moore was previously convicted of murder and robbery; and that PPB Crash Investigators do believe that he intentionally hit the pedestrian. The victim in this case was identified publicly ten days later as 42-year-old Vincent Timothy of Portland. Mr. Timothy's family has been notified of his death and provided a photo. The suspect in this homicide, Frederick Deatric Moore, was arraigned on Thursday, June 16th, charged with Murder in the Second Degree, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), and other charges as determined by the District Attorney's Office. Moore entered a "Not Guilty" plea
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