On December 14, 2012 at approximately 9:00 p.m., BILLY JOE LEGGETT, age 52, from Goldendale, Washington, was a passenger in a vehicle that became disabled on the shoulder of eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 114. LEGGETT reportedly got out of the vehicle to retrieve a drive line that dropped onto the highway when he was struck by a commercial truck that continued eastbound from the scene.
LEGGETT was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.
Several minutes after arriving on scene, OSP was notified by Gilliam County Sheriff's Office that a deputy located the commercial truck and driver near Arlington. The driver, VIKTOR AKHRIMOVICH, age 42, from Auburn, Washington, was arrrested and lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles for Felony Hit & Run.
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office were assisted at the scene by Sherman County area fire and medical responders. The investigation is continuing.