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Vehicle of Interest Sought Related to Fatal Auto / Pedestrian Crash - Highway 34 west of Interstate 5
10/24/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, with the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Office, are continuing an investigation into a fatal traffic crash Saturday morning on Highway 34 about 100 yards west of Interstate 5 involving a female victim who ran out onto the highway. Investigators are seeking any witnesses who may have been at a nearby gas station and saw a possible disturbance involving a woman and a man in a blue 1995 Mercury Mystique four-door displaying Nevada license 280 VTX. That vehicle may have been associated with this investigation.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Craig Flierl, on October 24, 2009 before 6:00 a.m. OSP troopers and Linn County deputies were responding to a reported disturbance at a Chevron gas station on north side of Highway 34 west of Interstate 5. The information was that an unknown male in the blue 1995 Mercury four-door was involved in a disturbance with a female.
 
At approximately 6:05 a.m. a report was received of an injury crash involving a pickup and a female in the westbound lanes of Highway 34 west of Interstate 5. Officers and Albany Fire Department personnel responded and found a critically injured 42-year old woman in the highway. She was transported by ambulance to Albany General Hospital where she died about two hours later.
 
The victim, MARY ANN BRADFORD from Klawock, Alaska, reportedly ran from the area of an Arco gas station on the south side of Highway 34 into the westbound lanes where she was struck in the left lane by a westbound 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by WILLIAM BLAKE, age 68, from Lebanon. BLAKE was using safety restraints and was not injured.
The vehicle of interest was not at the scene when emergency responders arrived and left in an unknown direction.
 
Anyone who may have witnessed the reported disturbance at the Chevron gas station or with information about the vehicle of interest is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888.
 
ODOT assisted at the scene.