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Fatal Vehicle / Pedestrian Crash - Highway 30 at Clatskanie Hill
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 Wednesday afternoon's fatal crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 30 at Clatskanie Hill east of Clatskanie. Since the initial request for the public's help to develop information from witnesses before or at the time of the crash, OSP has received several calls from people who saw the pedestrian victim before the crash. No witnesses have been contacted who saw the crash.
According to OSP Sergeant Larry Lucas, on April 7, 2010 shortly after 1:00 p.m. a red 2009 Hyundai Sonata four-door driven by EUGENE NORMAND BAUMAN, age 83, from Clatskanie, was westbound on Highway 30 near milepost 59. BAUMAN reported pulling onto the shoulder and stopped after he noted something struck the car's windshield. He then walked back and saw an adult male lying in the ditch along the highway.
Emergency personnel responded and pronounced the male lying in the ditch deceased. He was identified as STEVEN MICHAEL COOK, age 59, from Clatskanie.
BAUMAN was using safety restraints. He has fully cooperated with the investigation.
Highway 30 was closed for about 30 minutes and is now open to one lane in both directions. Troopers cleared the scene about 5:00 p.m.
OSP troopers investigating this fatal crash are asking to speak to anyone who saw the victim pedestrian walking in the area, or anyone who witnessed the crash to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatskanie Fire Department and ODOT.