First release from the State Police:
On November 3, 2016 at about 7:55PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 22 (just west of West Salem).Second release (with a side of victim-blaming):
Preliminary information is a pedestrian attempted to cross Highway 22 when he was struck by two different vehicles. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.
This is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.
On November 3, 2016 at about 7:55PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 22W (near Frontage Road, just west of West Salem).This looks a little like a crash on Highway 22 that killed a person trying to cross in November 2013.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 50 year old male was crossing Highway 22 (from the south to north) when he was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet Cruz sedan traveling westbound on Highway 22. The driver of this vehicle told troopers she attempted to avoid the pedestrian but was unable to do so. After this impact, the pedestrian was struck by a second westbound vehicle, a 2007 Toyota Corolla.
This area of Highway 22 is not lit by street lights and there is no designated crosswalk. The pedestrian was wearing dark, non-reflective clothing. Alcohol consumption and improper position upon the highway are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash.
OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Next of kin has not yet been made on the deceased. This is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.
OSP urges pedestrians and bicyclists to wear bright colors, have reflective material and use extra caution when there is limited visibility due to hours of darkness or inclement weather. Also be knowledgeable of the laws pertaining to biking or traveling near and on highways. Please visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's pedestrian safety page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/pedestrian.aspx for further information on pedestrian safety. [italics added]
If you are homeless and camping along the river, Highway 22 is a huge barrier, there are hardly any good places to cross, and speeds are high. If you are prosperous, your car breaks down, and you need to cross the highway, the same holds true. The auto firehose design of this urban highway is agnostic to class, race, or station, and ensures it is dangerous for other road users. There are design problems from our hydraulic autoism that overwhelm and penalize individual mistakes or defensible judgments any person on foot might make.
This post will be updated.
|We say "troubling"|
but really, how troubled are we?