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Serious Injury Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Highway 26 in Welches
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Shelley Snow
ODOT Public Affairs
(503) 986-3438

Third Serious Pedestrian-Involved Crash This Week Leads to Reminders from OSP and ODOT
A 43-year old Gladstone man was seriously injured Tuesday night when he was struck by a commercial truck while trying to cross on foot Highway 26 in the Welches area. Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating the crash which is the third serious pedestrian-involved crash this week investigated by OSP.
On May 24, 2011 at approximately 11:50 p.m. OSP and Hoodland Fire Department responded to a report that a pedestrian was struck by a commercial truck on Highway 26 near milepost 39. An OSP trooper arrived and found the injured pedestrian, identified as ROBERT REYNOLDS, age 43, in the center median lane smoking a cigarette.
Preliminary investigation indicates REYNOLDS was attempting to walk across Highway 26 from the north side to the south side, getting about 6 feet into the right westbound lane when he was struck by a westbound commercial truck. The impact knocked REYNOLDS to the north side highway shoulder from where he proceeded to crawl across the westbound lanes to the center median lane where the trooper and emergency responders found him.
REYNOLDS was transported by AMR ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He is listed in serious condition. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor on his part in this incident. An enforcement action decision is pending.
The truck driver's name or scene photographs are not available for this release.
Preliminary ODOT data shows there were 62 pedestrian fatalities in 2010, up from 39 deaths in 2009. Pedestrian fatalities made up 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities in Oregon last year. To date in 2011, pedestrian fatalities in Oregon are down 27 percent compared to the same period in 2010.
All travelers, especially during the summer months when there is an increase of vulnerable highway users, need to be aware and alert for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists on or near the road. OSP and ODOT also urge:
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists to stay alert, be predictable, follow traffic control devices and signals, where light-colored or reflective clothing (especially at night), and be very careful at curbs and intersections.
  • All highway users not to drive, walk or ride impaired or distracted.