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OSP Investigating Serious Injury Crash Involving Clatsop County SO Deputy Struck by Vehicle
05/15/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's traffic crash south of Astoria on the Highway 101 Youngs Bay Bridge that injured a Clatsop County Sheriff's Office deputy. The deputy's injuries were serious but non-life threatening and information regarding the deputy will be released through the sheriff's office.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Andrew Merila, updated investigative information indicates on May 14, 2011 at approximately 8:50 p.m. the Clatsop County deputy stopped to assist a disabled motorist on the northbound Highway 101 shoulder of Youngs Bay Bridge. This section of highway is flat with no street lighting. A Warrenton police officer arrived to assist with helping to briefly block northbound traffic as the deputy, with flashlight in hand, stepped to the middle of the highway to stop southbound traffic.
 
The deputy was struck by a southbound Jeep Cherokee driven by JULIE GIFFORD, age 46, from Warrenton. GIFFORD immediately pulled to the southbound shoulder and stopped. She has been cooperating with OSP investigators and there is no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved.
 
The deputy was transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. He was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for further treatment.
 
Highway 101 was closed about 3 1/2 at the scene during the emergency medical response and investigation.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Warrenton Police Department, Astoria Police Department, ODOT and fire departments from Warrenton and Astoria.