December 11, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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According to Lieutenant Eric Davenport, on December 10, 2012 at approximately 4:58 p.m., JUDI GNADE, age 57, from Grand Ronde, and a female companion were near Fort Hill Restaurant attempting to cross Highway 18 on foot from north to south. GNADE, who lives across the highway from the restaurant, was struck by an eastbound GMC pickup driven by JEFFREY B. KUUST, age 48, from Dallas. The female companion attempting to cross with GNADE was not struck nor injured.
GNADE was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are continuing the investigation. The area does not have overhead street lighting and it was dark at the time.
Polk County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Fire District and ODOT assisted at the scene. One lane was open for alternating traffic in both directions. Traffic updates at www.TripCheck.com.
OSP and ODOT urge motorists, pedestrians and other vulnerable highway users to "See and Be Seen". Information and tips previously provided by ODOT in October 2012 emphasizing pedestrian safety can be view at: