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Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 11 near Milton-Freewater in Umatilla County

December 23, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

A 69-year old Milton-Freewater man died Monday evening when he was struck by a pickup as he attempted to cross Highway 11 on foot in the Milton-Freewater area. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

According to OSP Sergeant Sterling Hall, on December 23, 2013 at approximately 6:50 p.m., the victim, JUAN FLORES-ROMERO, age 69, from Milton-Freewater, was trying to cross Highway 11 near milepost 33 on foot from the west side to the east side when he was struck in the left southbound lane by a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup. FLORES-ROMERO was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The pickup's driver, MIGUEL CISNEROS LARA, age 31, from Milton-Freewater, was not injured. He was cited by OSP for Driving While Suspended and Driving Uninsured.

Highway 11 at the scene of the crash consists of two lanes in both directions separated by a center left turn lane. There is no marked crosswalk.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Milton-Freewater Ambulance Service, and ODOT. The highway was closed nearly 3 hours during the investigation.


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