Saturday, May 14, 2022

A Week Ago Driver Struck and Killed Person on Lancaster Drive

A person driving on Lancaster Drive stuck and killed a person on foot last week.

This release is a week old, and I missed it at first. There has been no follow-up releases, and it does not now seem likely there will be one. 

There has emerged a pattern of people difficult to identify or people who, once identified, do not receive the same regard and follow-up as others killed. This often has meant they were low-status and camping, wandering, or otherwise without permanent housing. The circumstances here suggest this may be another instance in that pattern.

5 auto lanes, posted for 35mph
600 block of Lancaster between Auburn and Center

From the Marion County Sheriff:

On May 6, 2022 around 10:25 PM, deputies and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the 600 block of Lancaster Drive NE in the unincorporated area of East Salem. Arriving responders located the pedestrian who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This area of Lancaster Drive NE was closed for about three hours while members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team conducted an investigation. Investigators determined a 2012 Kia Sorento was travelling northbound when the pedestrian was struck in the roadway. Investigators do not believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash. The 50 year old male driver remained on scene and was cooperative with investigators. No citations or arrests have been made at this time.

The identity of the pedestrian, a 34 year old male, is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information about the crash to call our non-emergency number at 503-588-5032.

As always, it is wrong to say "speed was [not] a contributing factor." Of course it was. Impact at lawful speed of 35mph on a person walking is often lethal. A crash at 20mph is infrequently lethal. What they mean is ticketable "speeding" more than 10mph above the posted speed was likely not a factor.

Maybe there will be more to say later, but at this point there may not be any more information published.

Back in 2015 we said "troubling"
but really, how troubled are we?

Killed in 2022

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