Pedestrian killed Sunday evening while trying to cross Main Street

A 69-year-old Philomath woman trying to cross Main Street on Sunday evening died after she had been hit by two vehicles.

The incident occurred just after 7 p.m. when the woman started to make her way across the road near North Eighth Street. The woman’s identity was confirmed but her name is being withheld by investigators until next of kin can be notified.

“Based on the initial investigation, it was determined that two separate vehicles were involved in the collision,” the Philomath Police Department reported. “Both drivers stopped at the scene and are cooperating with investigators.”

Ken Rueben, Philomath Police chief, could not answer specific questions about the incident because it remains under investigation by the Benton County Major Crash Team. Joining the Philomath PD on that effort are the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County District Attorney’s Office and the Corvallis Police Department.

Police responded to a call at 7:09 p.m. Sunday with a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle. There is no light at the intersection of Main and Eighth with the closest situated a block east on Ninth Street.

“When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that a woman had been struck by a vehicle that was traveling west on Main Street,” Philomath PD reported. “An off-duty paramedic happened to be in the area and was the first to render aid.”

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Philomath Fire & Rescue responded to the call with a duty officer, one fire truck and one rescue vehicle with six personnel. The Corvallis Fire Department, BCSO, Willamette Valley Responder Chaplains and the Oregon Department of Transportation’s emergency response team were also involved in the response.

Main Street was closed for approximately two hours between Ninth and Seventh streets to allow investigators to process the scene.

Investigators are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident. For those with information, call the Philomath PD at 541-929-6911 or send an email to [email protected].


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