Rider's dad killed in Portland International Raceway fight – kgw.com

Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff 11:45 p.m. PDT July 10, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — A man is accused of assaulting the father of a motocross rider during an event at Portland International Raceway Thursday night.

The father, 61-year-old Anthony Mancuso, died as a result of his injuries Friday, according to Portland police.

Court documents obtained by KGW show the man accused of assault, 50-year-old Michael Taylor, said he was defending his own son, also a motocross rider, from bullying at the track.

Mancuso was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries before passing away.

Taylor was originally arrested at the scene for fourth-degree assault, but the original charges were dropped pending a grand jury, police said.

Taylor told police Mancuso had been bullying his son and himself for some time and he was protecting his child, according to the court documents.

No one at Taylor’s home wanted to comment on the case, when reached Friday night.

Mancuso’s niece, Kelly Thomas, disputed Taylor’s account. She told KGW that there was no bullying and her uncle was attacked without warning.

Both families spent time at the track a couple times a week, and had known each other for a while.

Portland Parks and Recreation, which runs PIR, issued the following statement Friday night.

It read in part,

“All of us at Portland Parks & Recreation are deeply saddened and heartbroken. Safety is our top priority. We have been assisting the police investigation from its onset.”

Portland police are asking anyone who might have witnessed the incident, or has video of events at the track on Thursday night, to contact Detective Mark Slater at 503-823-9319 or Detective Erik Kammerer at 503-823-0762.

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