October 1, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday night’s pedestrian-involved fatal traffic crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Phoenix. The victim, who recently arrived in Oregon from Israel, died at an area hospital from injuries sustained after being struck by a commercial truck as he was crossing the northbound traffic lanes.
On September 30, 2013 at approximately 9:14 p.m., OSP troopers and area emergency responders were dispatched to a traffic crash involving a pedestrian and commercial truck northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 24. The male pedestrian was transported to Providence Medford Medical Center where he reportedly died about an hour later.
Preliminary investigation indicates a 2013 Peterbilt truck pulling two trailers driven by CHIC L. ERICKSON, age 56, from Yreka, California, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 24 when the pedestrian in dark clothing ran onto the freeway in the truck’s path. ERICKSON braked and tried steering left but was not able to avoid the pedestrian. The truck sideswiped the pedestrian identified as OMER ZVI AARONSON, age 30.
AARONSON, who reportedly arrived a week ago in Oregon and was living with his father in Ashland, was transported by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center where he died. Investigators are working to confirm why the victim was crossing the freeway when he was struck.
ERICKSON, who was driving for Walgreens Inc., was not injured and is fully cooperating with the investigation.
OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Jessica Hall is the lead investigator.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Fire District 5, and ODOT.
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