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Fatal Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem
01/19/2008
Sergeant Dale Young
Oregon State Police - Salem
Office: (503) 378-3387

Oregon State Police (OSP) will be continuing the investigation into Friday evening's fatal vehicle / pedestrian crash northbound on Interstate 5 just north of Market Street in Salem.
 
On January 18, 2008 at approximately 7:45 p.m., RICHARD LEE WHITTINGTON, age 54, who has a last known address in Cave Junction, was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 258 on foot from the center median to the eastbound shoulder. A 2008 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by GERALD W. HOCHDERFFER, age 40, from Salem, was northbound in the center lane when he saw man and veered to the far right lane in attempt to avoid him. The pickup struck the victim, who was then run over by a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by GRETA HUSKEY, age 23, from Renton, Washington.
 
WHITTINGTON was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin have been notified.
Another collision occurred as vehicles were stopping to avoid the victim. No other details are availabe on that incident.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Salem Fire Department, ODOT and local emergency responders are assisting at the scene.
 
One lane was getting through the area and all lanes were reopened around midnight.
 
Any witnesses to the fatal crash is asked to call Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.