UPDATE: Springfield police say the man who was found dead of a gunshot wound after a crash on South 57th and Bob Straub Parkway Wednesday night was 53-year-old David Paul Crofut. They also found the other driver involved, Gerald Strebendt, at the location.
According to investigators, Strebendt was driving a new, unlicensed black GMC Denali pickup. Crofut was driving a blue 2013 Nissan Rogue. Police say the shooting happened a short distance from both vehicles after the crash. Both vehicles and Crofut’s body were found in the roadway.
No arrests have been made and police are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield Police are investigating a deadly shooting in the Thurston area.
Officers say a driver shot and killed another driver following a crash on Bob Straub Parkway around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday. They say a car crashed into a truck, the driver of the truck then got out and there was some sort of argument. That’s when they say the driver of the truck shot the other driver.
After interviewing witnesses, investigators say this may have all started on Main Street.
“There is some potential that it started as a road rage incident. There is some indication that we have from some witnesses that prior to this transpiring, that there might have been something going down on Main Street that involved these two vehicles,” said Sgt. Richard Jones, Springfield Police Department.
There was a passenger in the truck and police say they’re interviewing that woman along with the driver of the truck. The identities of the two male drivers haven’t been released.
As of Thursday morning Springfield Police say there is no one in custody and all participants are accounted for.