MEDFORD, Ore. —
UPDATE: The man hit and killed by a dump truck on Thursday has now been identified by Medford Police (MPD) in a statement released on Wednesday evening.
49-year-old Scott Deusebio lived in the 3500-block of Michael Park Drive, according to MPD — not far from the scene of the incident.
Police and emergency crews rushed to the scene just after 2 p.m. after a call for an "auto vs. pedestrian crash." Although they arrived within minutes, they found Deusebio dead at the scene.
Investigators determined that Deusebio had been struck by a 1998 Peterbuilt dump truck as it traveled north on N Phoenix road, in the right-most lane. Witnesses said that the man "intentionally ran in front of the dump truck," MPD said.
Detectives now believe that Deusebio was trying to complete suicide.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Medford Police Department Detective Division, 774-2230.
(Updated 1/30/19 at 5:12 p.m.)
UPDATE: Investigators are considering suicide as a possibility in the fatal incident on N Phoenix Road on Wednesday afternoon, according to officers on the scene.
Witnesses said that a man ran in front of a dump truck hauling a trailer — leaving the dump truck driver unable to avoid hitting the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is still very much ongoing, and officers said that they want to interview friends and family of the victim to explore what may have led up to the incident.
The victim's name has not yet been released.
(Updated 1/30/19 at 4 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: One person is dead following a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash in the northbound lanes of N Phoenix Road just north of the Barnett Road intersection.
Medford Police have asked that drivers avoid the area. Medford Fire-Rescue said that both northbound lanes would be closed for "at least an hour" until 4 p.m. for emergency crews to work and police to conduct an investigation.
"We appreciate your patience as we keep the area free of traffic. It makes for a safer scene for our first responders," the fire agency said.
This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update this article with more information as it emerges.