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Suspect charged with manslaughter in death of Zacory Hooks

Despite initially reporting the situation as a hit-and-run, police now say the car that drove off never actually hit Hooks.

Posted: Sep 2, 2020 1:10 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 6:27 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A man is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of Zacory Hooks, who was found dead after being hit by two cars last month.

Springfield police responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash in the 7500 block of Main Street at about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

Despite initially reporting the situation as a hit-and-run, police now say the car that drove off never actually hit Hooks.

Investigators said Gage Duncan-Moor, 20, assaulted Hooks, 22, and left him in the roadway, where he was hit by two vehicles. The drivers remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.


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Through camera footage from area homes and dash cam footage from someone who was driving in the area, investigators learned two people left Hooks lying in the middle of Main Street and ran to a car parked on 75th Street, where a third man was waiting.

The car -- a light-colored early model sedan, possibly a Honda Civic -- was last seen headed north on 75th Street.

On Aug. 31, the lead investigator in the case received a tip that Duncan-Moor had left Hooks unconscious or disoriented in the roadway.

Duncan-Moor was taken into custody in Florence. He faces charges of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.

Police thanked the public for reaching out with tips during the investigation.

Anyone with information should contact Springfield police at 541-726-3714.

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