January 16, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's fatal collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian on SE 82nd Avenue (Highway 213) and SE Sunnybrook Boulevard. The victim was positively identified but next of kin have not been notified.
According to Sergeant Andy McCool, on January 15, 2013 at approximately 8:20 p.m., a collision involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle occurred which was initially reported as serious injury. After emergency responders arrived on scene they confirmed the pedestrian was deceased. The vehicle and operator stopped at the scene.
The 35-year old male transient was reportedly crossing SE 82nd Avenue with another man from the west side to the east side about 500 feet south of SE Sunnybrook Boulevard when he was struck by a southbound 1997 Ford Van driven by JARED L SMITH, age 32, from Happy Valley. The collision occurred in the area between the two southbound lanes and the other pedestrian crossing with the victim was not hit. SMITH was not injured and cooperated fully with the investigation.
The southbound lanes of SE 82nd Avenue were closed during the investigation for about two hours.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District #1, Clackamas County Medical Examiner, and ODOT.
Preliminary statistics according to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show a near 30 percent increase in pedestrian deaths during 2012 in comparison to 2011. OSP and ODOT offer the following safety tips urging pedestrians and motorists to "See and be seen":
* Enhance visibility when wearing dark clothes, such as bright or reflective clothing or shoes; drivers can't avoid what they can't see.
* Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
* Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing the street.
* Watch out for motorists' blind spots.
* When possible, cross with others; there truly is safety in numbers - drivers are more likely to see a group of people than individuals.
* Remain alert! Don't assume that cars are going to stop. Make eye contact with motorists before crossing paths.
* Use crosswalks and walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
* Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
* Always have an eye out for pedestrians, especially during dark hours.
* When you are entering a popular pedestrian area, expect that you may encounter them and slow down ahead of time.
* Be prepared to stop when approaching crosswalks.
* Drive at cautious speeds in rainy weather and in low-light areas.
* Eliminate distractions such as cell phones so you can focus on driving.
* Remember, road conditions can impact your stopping ability, so be prepared.