November 5, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday night's pedestrian-involved fatal crash that resulted in the death of an adult male along the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of Aurora.
On November 4, 2012 at approximately 8:55 p.m., an OSP trooper was dispatched to a reported domestic assault near the Interstate 5 southbound Baldock Rest Area south of Wilsonville. The female victim reported the incident from Woodburn where she drove after leaving her husband at the rest area following the alleged assault. A second trooper was sent to contact the complainant in Woodburn while the other trooper tried to find her husband in the rest area.
Upon arriving in the rest area at approximately 9:19 p.m., the trooper learned from a person at the rest area that a man was seen running after a vehicle leaving southbound from the rest area about 30 minutes earlier. During this time, OSP also began receiving numerous calls that a man was walking in and out of the Interstate 5 southbound traffic lanes south of the rest area.
While troopers were checking between the rest area and Woodburn, another report was received at 9:32 p.m. that a person was struck by a vehicle near milepost 277. Troopers quickly found a vehicle stopped in the far right southbound lane with hazard lights on and contacted its driver, PATRICIA YELSA, age 51, from Corvallis, who said she struck a pedestrian in the traffic lane.
Troopers checked along the freeway and found a deceased male identified as TROY DUANE TRIBBY, age 48, from Ashland, off the edge of the highway. TRIBBY, who also previously lived in the Madras/Redmond area, was the person sought regarding the earlier alleged domestic assault complaint.
YELSA was not injured and she was able to drive her vehicle from the scene after cooperating with investigating troopers.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigating. Trooper Kyle Olson is the lead investigator. OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County District Attorney's Office, Marion County Medical Examiner, and Aurora Fire Department. One lane was closed about two hours during the scene investigation.