The first release from the Salem PD:
The Salem Police Department is looking for anyone who may have information regarding a fatal hit and run crash which occured late on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020. At approximately 11:29 pm on March 3rd, 2020, Salem officers responded to McGilchrist St SE and 22nd St SE on a report of an unconscious male. When officers arrived they located the male laying on the north shoulder of McGilcrist St SE, between 22nd St SE and Ford St SE. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. It appears the male had been walking his bike along the shoulder of McGilcrist, near 22nd St SE, prior to being struck by a vehicle, which left the scene without stopping. Investigators had McGilcrist shut down for several hours while they investigated the crash. Anyone with information regarding the driver and/or the vehicle involved in this crash, or who may have been in the area at the time the crash occured and may have seen something, are asked to contact the Salem Police Department TIPS line at 503-588-8477. Investigators are working to identify and contact the next of kin for the deceased.A first update:
The victim in yesterday's fatal hit and run crash has been identified as Mario Lopez-Lopez, a 44 year old Salem resident. Next of kin has been notified.
|McGilchrist at the SSA Office:|
40mph, no sidewalks - but watch out for pedestrians!
|22nd will be straightened out with a swoop|
|The story alternates between driver and vehicle|
|Salem Reporter also erases the driver|
From Salem PD after the driver turned himself in:
The suspect is identified as Jerry Lee McKennan, a 48 yr old Salem resident. McKennan was charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and Fail to Perform Duties of a Driver to Injured Persons and was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility.Update, Saturday March 7th
McKennan told investigators that while driving his vehicle, he leaned over to pick up a dropped cell phone and didn't realize he had struck a person until the next day when he noticed damage to his vehicle and read about the fatal crash.
People are circulating a Salem Reporter story from late January, "Longtime volunteers probe south Salem's hidden corners in search of homeless campers":
As they pulled into an alley next to the former Value Village, Mario Lopez, 44, rode a bike in the opposite direction.... Lopez has mostly lived in Salem over the past decade, but was living in Florence over the summer when his roommate assaulted him and broke his hand, he said.... Lopez said he’s been homeless before, but this is his first time without a car. “It makes a big difference,” he said.... Lopez said lost his license after being ticketed multiple times for not having insurance, which he said he couldn’t afford. Not driving wasn’t an option because he had to get to work. “I have to eat,” he said. After he didn’t pay those tickets, he lost his car too.... “I’ll be okay. I’m just having a hard time right now, but I’ll be fine,” he said.This post will be updated.
|We say "troubling"|
but really, how troubled are we?
- Marshall Leslie
- Linda Adamson (south Salem) and Stephanie Ashford (just outside Salem)
- Jason Libel (on bike)
- Josephine Watkins
- Rodric Kenyon Drolshagen
- Olivia Stroup
- Jaren Nash
- Alex Armes
- Anthony Earnest
- Baxter Harrell
- Unknown (just outside Salem)
- Bradley Goad (in Silverton)
- James Alton
- Caroline Storm
- William Hatch
- Travis Lane
- David McGregor
- Michael and Christine Crossland
- Rebecca Schoff
|On erasing the driver - Columbia Journalism Review|
- "Headline Omits Verb, Erases the Driver; New TRB Paper Addresses Problem" (2019). This also has links to a follow-up study on framing and reader interpretation.
- See the way the story develops with different publications in "Driver Strikes and Kills Marshall Leslie on Foot near Downtown Safeway." (2019)
- "Why so much Acceptance for Traffic Cone Theory of Walking?" with discussion of a Salem Police PSA (2015)
- Notes on a City of Salem PSA this month, "City PSA on Time Change and Safety Needs Paradigm Change Itself." It has many links to the history of jaywalking also. (2019)
- On "distracted walking," "Death on Foot: Too Much on Distracted Walking Canard." (2018)
- "Why Pedestrian Rights themselves may not be Sufficient." (2015)
- Two discussions of a law review article about our system of subsidy for autoism, "The Laws for Compulsory Autoism at The Atlantic," and "Police Publish Video on How to Speed Without a Ticket." (both 2019)