Deputy strikes pedestrian with patrol car; man dies in hospital
WOOD VILLAGE, Ore. - A man died in the hospital after he was struck early Friday morning by a deputy on patrol along Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Wood Village, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said.
The crash happened around 4:10 a.m. Friday near the Walmart Store off Northeast 238th Drive in Wood Village.
The deputy told investigators that the man was not in a crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing.
When Chopper 2 was over the scene, detectives with Portland's Major Crash Team surrounded the cruiser. The man's shoes were in the roadway, and the cruiser was at least two dozen feet beyond that.
"It's pretty sad," said Deanna Shaffer who was just finishing up an overnight shift of deliveries. "I feel sorry for the police officer who has to deal with what happened. My eyes are always on the side of the street. I don't worry about the cars at night, I worry about the people."
Officers reconstructing the crash are looking at all kinds of factors including lighting and what the man was wearing.
"Not the most visible clothing, but nothing terribly odd given that we live in a cold weather environment," said Lt. Ryan Lee, who leads the Major Crash Team.
"Any time you have a vehicle involved in a pedestrian crash, it's a traumatic thing, for a deputy or anyone that's involved in something like that. So we do have our peer support who came out and is with the deputy working with him and talking with him," said Captain Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff's office.
The involved deputy, a six-year veteran with the sheriff's office, was put on administrative leave during the investigation. That is standard procedure.
Portland Police's Major Crash Team's findings will be sent to the district attorney's office.
The man's name will be released once his family has been notified of the death.
This is a developing story; updates will be posted as information comes in.