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Update #7: Suspect Arrested Related to March 22nd Fatal Hit & Run Investigation - Highway 211 west of Molalla
04/08/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives arrested an Estacada-area man Friday morning related to an ongoing investigation into the March 22nd fatal hit-and-run crash on Highway 211 west of Molalla that resulted in the death of THOMAS CHRISTOPHER MOSSMAN, age 67, from Molalla.
 
On April 8, 2011 at approximately 10:00 a.m. OSP detectives arrested JACOB JOHN CROALL, age 26, at his attorney's east Portland office, O'Halloran & Associates, where arrangements were made for CROALL to turn himself in. CROALL was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged on the following charges:
  • Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver To Injured Persons (Class B felony)
  • Tampering with Evidence (Class A misdemeanor)
 
Other charges may be pending based upon the results of the ongoing investigation that started March 22, 2011 at approximately 3:30 p.m. when MOSSMAN was struck by a vehicle as he rode his bicycle westbound along Highway 211 near milepost 10. MOSSMAN was treated at a Portland area hospital until he died March 31.
 
On April 3, 2011 OSP troopers following up on one of many tips located a vehicle suspected of being involved in the hit-and-run fatality. The vehicle, a gray 1995 Dodge Grand Caravan, was parked outside of a residence located at 26460 S. Hillockburn Road south of Estacada where CROALL resides. Investigators weren't able to locate him until he surrendered today.
 
The investigation discovered that vehicle parts were purchased at an auto wrecking yard following the crash to repair damage including replacing the right front passenger door and mirror, and the right front headlight. The windshield still had visible damage on the right side next to the door pillar when troopers seized the van. CROALL was driving with a suspended license on the date of the crash.
 
OSP detectives and troopers from the Portland Area Command office are continuing the investigation with the assistance of the OSP Portland Forensic Crime Lab and Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.
 
Questions regarding future court appearances should be directed to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office at (503) 655-8431.