October 12, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday night's serious injury pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred on Highway 101 south of Newport. The continued investigation is to confirm where the pedestrian was positioned when he was struck by a vehicle. No enforcement action will be determined until the investigation is completed.
On October 11, 2013 at approximately 7:25 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian struck by a passenger car along Highway 101 near milepost 146. The pedestrian, identified as BEN COPELAND, age 19, was transported by PACWEST Ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. COPELAND was later flown by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. His injuries were serious but non-life threatening.
Preliminary investigation indicates COPELAND was hitchhiking along the southbound highway lane/shoulder area with his back to oncoming southbound traffic when he was struck from behind by a 2004 Toyota Avalon four-door driven by KIMBERLI R. PARKER, age 28, from Waldport. COPELAND came to rest in the brush along side of the highway. His residence is not confirmed yet and he told OSP he was hitchhiking to Arcadia, California.
PARKER remained at the scene and is fully cooperating with the investigation. She was using safety restraints and was not injured.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, PACWEST Ambulance, and Newport Fire Department. One lane of traffic was open during the investigation.
Lead investigator is Trooper Michael Hansen.
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