Clatsop County deputies say driver struck, killed 22-year-old in road rage incident

Jeffery Craig Stone mug shot courtesy Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

WESTPORT, Ore. – A road rage incident resulted in a death on Old Mill Town Road in Westport Thursday afternoon, the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded to 911 calls reporting that a driver had intentionally struck a man on Old Mill Town Road near Green Alley Road at 4:12 p.m.

Oregon State Police Troopers responded and found 22-year-old Curtis Michael Russell’s body lying on the road. They say Russell’s vehicle was parked in the middle of the road, more than 3,000 feet away, near the Highway 30 intersection.

Deputies say three people in Russell’s car were not injured in the incident.

While officers searched the area for the suspect vehicle, the suspect, 65-year-old Jeffery Craig Stone returned to the scene in his gray 2008 Dodge Dakota.

Stone’s pickup truck matched the suspect vehicle description, deputies said.

Stone told investigators he had been driving his vehicle at the time of the incident and cooperated with deputies.

Witnesses told investigators that the two vehicles had passed each other several times while traveling west on Highway 30. As Stone turned his vehicle onto Old Mill Town Road from the highway, witnesses said Russell passed him one last time before stopping in the middle of the road.

Witnesses told deputies that Russell and his passengers got out of the vehicle and began approaching Stone and his passenger. They said Russell was carrying a small baseball bat at the time. They said Stone backed up briefly before driving forward around Russell’s vehicle, striking him and dragging him to the location where officers found him.

Investigators do not believe Stone and Russell knew each other before the incident.

Following the investigation, deputies arrested Stone. He was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on charges of first-degree manslaughter, failure to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person, reckless driving, and driving under the influence of intoxicants. Stone’s blood alcohol content remains under investigation.

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