|Claude and 25th has an enhanced crosswalk|
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is currently investigating a serious crash involving a pedestrian and a vehicle that occurred near the intersection of Claude St SE and 25th St SE at approximately 6:25 pm on February 13.And in an update today:
The victim in this incident has died as a result of her injuries. However, her identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.As you can see from the google streetview image, this intersection has an enhanced crosswalk with a median.
The investigation has shown that the victim was crossing 25th St SE at Claude St SE at approximately 6:25 pm on February 13 when she was struck by a vehicle being driven by 32-year old Jonathan Lane Combs of Salem.
Lane was subsequently arrested on charges of Manslaughter in the second degree, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another Person and was lodged in the Marion County Corrections Facility. He is set to appear in Court at 3:00 pm on February 16.
The prompt news that the driver was charged with Manslaughter and Reckless Driving suggests there is much more detail to come.
Update - Tuesday, the 16th
From today's Police update:
The deceased victim in this incident has been identified as 68-year old Olivia M Stroup of Salem. Her next of kin has been notified.Update 2 - Tuesday, the 16th
From the paper's report on the initial court date, which occurred this afternoon:
[Stroup was] crossing the street in a well-lit, marked crosswalk, police said....If Combs admitted he thought was was going 35mph, there's a very real chance his actual rate of speed was even higher.
According to a police affidavit, Combs called in the crash and said he was the driver of the vehicle. No passengers were present.
Combs told police he saw the woman at the last minute before the crash and thought he was going 35 mph, according to the affidavit. The crash occurred in a 25-mph zone.
A police sergeant conducted a sobriety test on Combs. The sergeant reported that Combs smelled of alcohol, had watery and bloodshot eyes, spoke slowly and performed "poorly" on the test. Combs told the sergeant he drank three to four beers before driving, according to the affidavit.
This post will be updated. (Additions/edits in at top in italics.)