EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) - Police are looking for a man accused of hitting a man with his truck Wednesday night in a neighborhood off of Crescent Avenue.
Police said they were called out to the intersection of Gay Street and Snelling Street around 6:30 PM after a vehicle had crashed into the house. The residents were having dinner when they heard the boom.
Frank Mario Ochoa, 32, ran on foot after allegedly hitting a man walking his dog. According to police, Ochoa then crashed into a parked vehicle and then a house.
Neighbors told NewsSource 16 they were surprised to have this happen in their neighborhood. They said because that portion of the road us not paved, there isn't a lot of traffic there. A nearby fence was damaged as was the side of the house the car crashed into.
Police told NewsSource 16 this incident was likely intentional.
"The suspect and victim knew each other at least on an acquaintance basis," Melinda McLaughlin, Eugene Police Department, said. "It appears to be between the two. It doesn't look like there is any concern to surrounding neighborhood or the community."
McLaughlin said the department put out a broad notification about Ochoa, not knowing whether he fled the community or state. The victim remained in the hospital on Thursday, but police said because Ochoa was still at large, they did not want to release his name. The victim's dog however, died at the scene.
The restoration company working on the resident's home said it will likely be between four and five thousand dollars to repair and take between two and three days.
EPD described Ochoa as a Hispanic male, about 5'6" and 135 pounds. He is said to have black hair and brown goatee. Anyone with information should call police at (541) 682-5111.