Stephan Fox faces charges of attempted murder, assault, hit and run, after rider is severely injured
SEASIDE – A man accused of deliberately hitting a bicycle rider with his truck on U.S. Highway 101 just south of Seaside in November is in the Clatsop County Jail.
Stephan Joseph Fox, 23, of Portland, was arraigned Thursday in Clatsop County Circuit Court on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and felony hit and run in connection with the incident, which severely injured Seaside chiropractor Seth A. Goldstein.
Judge Philip Nelson set bail for Fox at $250,000.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Ron Brown said Goldstein, 48, has been receiving physical therapy since the crash. He uses canes to walk and is likely to continue to need physical therapy for the rest of his life, Brown said
Goldstein had routinely commuted several miles to and from his Seaside office by bicycle, according to Brown. On Nov. 18, Goldstein was riding his bike on the west side of Highway 101, well off the roadway, Brown said, when he was “struck and nearly killed” by Fox’s 1990 blue Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Fox “just took off” after he hit Goldstein, Brown said. Goldstein was transported to the hospital with very severe injuries, Brown said.
Brown said authorities who responded to the crash found Fox’s truck abandoned nearby and then located Fox in the woods. It was determined that Fox had some “mental issues,” Brown said, and he had been getting treatment in the Portland area since the crash.
Brown said investigators have discovered Fox intentionally struck Goldstein with his truck. He was arrested and brought back to Clatsop County Wednesday and lodged at the county jail.
A release hearing for Fox is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday in circuit court before Judge Nelson.