From Salem PD:
Salem Police are on the scene of a serious injury crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian on Commercial St SE near Royvonne Ave SE.
The investigation is currently underway, and the southbound lanes of Commercial St are closed from Keglers Ln SE to Boone Rd SE. Please avoid the area if possible. If you must travel south on Commercial, traffic is being detoured southbound on Sunnyside Rd SE, then back to Commercial St on Kuebler Blvd.
No further information on the crash is available at this time. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
|Police investigate crash near Royvonne and Commercial SE|
Shatamera Pruden later died from her injuries (Photo: Salem PD)
Salem Police Officers were dispatched to Commercial St SE and Royvonne Ave SE at 5:55 pm this afternoon on a report of a vehicle/pedestrian crash.The area is near Winco, Goodwill, a pet store, and a bottle redemption center. Signalized crosswalks are not frequent here. There are also many ambiguous intersections where driveways look like a street but may not meet the legal definition of an unmarked crosswalk. The nearest signalized crosswalk north is at Kegler, and the nearest one south is at Kuebler, nearly a half-mile apart - so at the mid-point, that's nearly five minutes of walking on Commercial to reach a crosswalk with paint and a signal. This profoundly disadvantages people on foot.
Officers arrived to find that 14-year old Shatamera Pruden had been struck by a southbound vehicle as she was crossing the street. She was transported to Salem Health where she later died of her injuries.
The investigation has shown that Shatamera had been crossing Commercial St in an westerly direction when she was struck by a southbound FJ Cruiser. Shatamera had been crossing north of the intersection of Commercial St and Royvonne in an area without a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle, 31-year old Zane Hilton, was not injured and remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
There have been no arrests or citations and the investigation is continuing.
|Median (orange) meant to prohibit|
east-west crossing along Boone farther south
|Could be a teenager, could be a person with a walker|
|Buffered bike lanes and enhanced crosswalk near Waldo Ave SE|
A little over a week ago, Salem Police announced their summer crosswalk campaign:
As the weather becomes warmer and days become longer, we typically see more pedestrians out and about at various times of the day and night. It is in these conditions that pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department traffic unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the city during the summer months.
The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations all over Salem. Video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.
Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.
Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon law also states every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not.
Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are Class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.
This summer safety campaign is in partnership with the organization, Oregon Impact, in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.
Update, July 6th
There's a nice profile of Pruden and of her mother's advocacy on the front page today. It also includes a picture of a person crossing - playing frogger, really - at this site.
- Olivia Stroup
- Jaren Nash
- Alex Armes
- Anthony Earnest
- Baxter Harrell
- Unknown (just outside Salem)
- Bradley Goad (in Silverton)