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Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 99E south of Gervais
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Wednesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that has resulted in the death of an adult male pedestrian on Highway 99E between Gervais and Brooks. This was the fourth pedestrian-involved serious traffic crash this week investigated by OSP. Two of those crashes resulted in fatalities.
According to OSP Sergeant Craig Ball, on May 25, 2011 at approximately 5:20 p.m. a 2005 Peterbuilt truck pulling a semi-trailer operated by WILLIAM H. FRISHMAN JR, age 58, from Keizer, was southbound on Highway 99E approaching Concomly Road NE near milepost 39. A pedestrian walking northbound on the southbound shoulder suddenly moved into the southbound lane directly into the truck's path. FRISHMAN braked but was unable to avoid striking the pedestrian identified as THOMAS JAY FRANKLIN, age 21, from Austin, Texas.
FRANKLIN was pronounced deceased at the scene.
After colliding with the pedestrian, FRISHMAN brought the truck to a stop in the southbound lane. The truck had minor damage and was driven later from the scene.
OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
ODOT, Gervais Police Department, Woodburn Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance assisted at the scene.
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 over 20 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, wear 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.