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Fatal Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem/Keizer Area
03/18/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved crash southbound Interstate 5 in the Keizer/Salem area.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates on March 18, 2010 at 5:44 a.m. a 2000 GMC Yukon driven by LARRY M. BENNETT, age 61, from Woodinville, Washington was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 259 in the middle lane when it struck a male pedestrian who appeared to be trying to cross the freeway from the west to east. After the first collision, the drivers of four other vehicles reported also running over the struck pedestrian identified as DALE ALLEN UNDERWOOD, age 44, from Keizer.
 
UNDERWOOD was pronounced deceased at the scene. The severity of the injuries after being struck by at least five vehicles required closure of the southbound lanes for the investigation and removal of the victim. The southbound lanes were closed about three hours.
 
Part of the ongoing investigation includes trying to determine why UNDERWOOD was in the area of Interstate 5. No associated vehicle was found near the freeway. He was employed at a Keizer-area restaurant not near the freeway.
 
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. No photographs to be released.
 
ODOT and Salem Fire Department assisted at the scene.
 
OSP would like to talk to anyone who had contact with UNDERWOOD in the hours before this incident. Anyone with helpful information related to this investigation is asked to call Trooper Joseph Skipper at (503) 378-3387 ext. 32000.