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Police have identified the man killed in a road rage incident near Lake Sacajawea late Thursday night and revealed other details that led to his death.

Nathan Hardest 29, of Longview was run over by a vehicle on N.E. Nichols Boulevard at 6:46 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Longview police press release issued Friday evening.

No charges or arrests have been made pending further investigation.

Police identified the driver of the car that killed Hardesty as 28-year-old Samantha Osterburg of Kelso. A 26-year-old Longview resident named Harley Krause was in the car with her at the time.

Interviews with witnesses and those involved show Hardesty and Krause were involved in a drug deal in Kelso earlier in the evening.

Krause and Osterburg paid for the drugs with counterfeit money and fled.

Hardesty chased them to Longview with passenger Kaschelle Burton, 23, and two children in his car. Both vehicles stopped on N.E. Nichols, where Burton assaulted Osterburg through the driver-side window.

During that assault, Hardesty got out of his car and Osterburg’s vehicle rolled forward, struck him and pinned him underneath.

Heroin was recovered at the scene, according to the press release.

The death was the second recent road rage incident that led to the death of a local resident. Curtis Michael Russell, 22, of Longview died in Clatsop County Oregon, on Oct. 31. A 65-year-old Westport man who allegedly hit him was arrested.

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Contact City Editor Andre Stepankowsky at 360-577-2520.


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