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Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 in Hood River
01/20/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's pedestrian-involved fatal traffic crash on eastbound Interstate 84 in the Hood River area.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Pat Shortt, on January 20, 2011 at approximately 1:20 a.m. a 2009 White truck pulling a semi-trailer containing paper products driven by JEFF D. RAINEY, age 38, from Washougal, Washington was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 63. This section of interstate freeway is currently a highway work zone with eastbound traffic narrowed to one lane of travel. Conditions were dark and the area unlit.
 
As the commercial truck was traveling eastbound it struck RAMIRO NAJERA-CERVANTES, age 48, from Parkdale, as he attempted to cross the traffic lane from the south to the north side. NAJERA-CERVANTES climbed over a 3-foot high barrier in the highway work zone to get access into the eastbound lane before he was struck. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
RAINEY was not injured. He was driving for Gardner Trucking Inc. out of Chino, California.
 
OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No citations are expected to be issued to the driver. There is no evidence of alcohol as a contributing factor for the driver or pedestrian.
 
Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Hood River Police Department, Hood River Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. The eastbound lanes were closed about three hours and diverted through Hood River before being re-opened about 4:30 a.m.