Something's going on near the Market Street interchange with I-5. Drivers have struck and killed three people there in the last few months, most recently on Wednesday morning.
|Market Street and I-5 is incredibly hostile|
for people on foot
|In the paper on Thursday|
From Oregon State Police:
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at approximately 4:13 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 5 at the northbound Market St. Interchange.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a female pedestrian was in the off-ramp lane of traffic when she was struck by a Honda Civic, operated by Nicholas Kreitzer (46) of Salem, that was exiting the freeway.
Kreitzer stopped and cooperated with the investigation.
The female pedestrian was pronounced deceased.
Name will be released when available.
There's a real lack of information on the cluster. One person's name was never published. They may not have been identified, but the initial crash reports also blamed the person on foot, as if a suicide or personally very careless.
It may be that there is an encampment nearby and the lack of information is an expression of bias against people in crisis.
It's also hard to analyze walking safety on a controlled access, high-speed roadway. If Market Street itself is clearly an urban street and should be more comfortable and more safe for people on foot, the Interstate is one place where cars are rightly prioritized.
This post may be updated.
Killed in 2020
- Jaime Le Ann Hall (on skateboard)
- Sharon Pritchard
- Mario Lopez-Lopez (walking a bike)
- Andrew Otho Polston (biking on Windsor Island Road)
- Jolene Braasch Berry (on bike)
- Richardo Morales Avila (in McMinnville)
- Octavious Calloway (on I-5)
- Selma Pierce
- Hermilo Mata Jr.
- 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)