Fatal pedestrian collision was intentional, police say

INCLUDES VIDEO | It wasn’t an accident when a man was struck and killed by a pickup truck in outer East Portland. The suspect is accused of murder …

Across the street from the Lents neighborhood, Portland Police Bureau Crash Team officers begin their investigation into the death of a pedestrian on Southeast 82nd Avenue of Roses.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

On Monday, June 6, just days after the Oregon Department of Transportation turned over State Highway 213 – the road you know as Southeast 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., Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers, who were originally dispatched to SE Gladstone Street, just west of 82nd Avenue of Roses, found a pedestrian who had been struck by a car and had died at the scene, was actually a block north, at Center Street, in the Foster-Powell neighborhood.

Watch as this investigation unfolds:

The Portland Police Major Crash Team came to investigate the crash. 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.

A worker in the Eastport Food Carts, seen behind the officers, said he saw what he believed to be a driver intentionally running down a pedestrian.

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 said he heard the gunning sound of a large vehicle, looked up, and saw a full size red pickup truck hit 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.

As the Portland Police Major Crash Team van arrives, the investigation begins in earnest.

After obtaining information about the pickup truck and the possible location of the driver, an officer heads out to make an arrest.

Officers were able to obtain the license plate number , 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) early on June 7 at 12:58 p.m., on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit & Run).

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At his arraignment, Moore learned he was being held without bail on the Felony Murder in the Second Degree charge; and that he would also be called to answer Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Attempted Assault in the First Degree charges. Moore is currently being held 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 he intentionally hit the pedestrian.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have information about this incident, please contact Detective Eric McDaniel at Eric.McDaniel@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-0833 or Detective Scott Broughton at Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov | (503) 823-3774 and let them know this is regarding Case No. 22-151378.

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