A female pedestrian has been killed in Oregon after she was hit by a pickup truck on Monday morning.
Details about the Pedestrian Accident in Lake Oswego
The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 217 north and Interstate 5 headed south.
According to investigators, the victim, Vicky Stroh, of Lake Oswego, was attempting to cross Highway 217 at a crosswalk when she was hit by the oncoming vehicle. Apparently, the woman was wearing headphones at the time of the accident and she may not have heard the truck that was coming, says Officer Jim Wolf of the Tigard Police Department.
Officer Wolf also said that the woman had not activated the pedestrian control device for the crosswalk, either.
The driver of the pickup truck that hit the woman stopped at the scene and is fully cooperating with the authorities in the investigation.
Police set up a detour around the scene of the accident so that they could further investigate the incident.
Pedestrian Accidents in Oregon
According to an article in the New York Times about pedestrians walking while using headphones, statistics from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System show that:
- There were approximately 116 accidents from 2004-2001 that involved pedestrians who were wearing headphones being injured by vehicles.
- More than half of those cases involved trains – there were 81 deaths and another 24 cases that included life-threatening injuries.
- A little more than one-third of those that were killed were younger than 18 at the time of the accident. Two-thirds of those that were killed were under the age of 30.