Police confirms identity of traffic fatality victim

Editor’s Note: This story was updated Tuesday morning with information about Sylvia Youngman’s cremation and final resting place.

The Philomath Police Department continues to investigate the death of a 69-year-old woman who was killed Aug. 29 while crossing Main Street. After two weeks of attempting to find a family member, police were able to confirm her identity as Sylvia Pauline Youngman.

Using a walker, Youngman began to cross Main near North Eighth Street just after 7 p.m. on that Sunday evening. Two separate vehicles were involved in the collision and both stopped and cooperated at the scene, police reported. There is no light at the intersection of Main and Eighth with the closest situated one block east on Ninth Street.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Considering the time of day and the direction in which the vehicles were traveling, investigators went out the next day after the incident to test visibility.

“One of the witnesses said the sun was very intense on that evening — it was right after 7 o’clock — and we went out the next day and did verify that the sun was intense and that there was a tremendous amount of glare at that time of the evening,” Philomath Chief of Police Ken Rueben said.

Police also have access to video that has provided additional information.

“We didn’t see the impact but we do see shortly after the impact the vehicles involved with striking her,” Rueben said. “We know where the vehicles were positioned and we were able to contact a witness from that video that stopped and then came in and gave a statement.”

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As for the process of identifying next of kin, investigators were hitting brick walls until an uncle from the Lebanon-Sweet Home area called the police station.

“She was housed locally in a transitional housing situation and the folks that own the company didn’t have a lot of personal information on her,” Rueben said. “The one next of kin that was listed, that person was deceased. So we put out information through cities and different police departments to try to find another next of kin, which we did finally find.”

DeMoss-Durdan published a death notice Tuesday that Youngman had been cremated and will be laid to rest at Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Corvallis.

The Benton County Major Crash Team, which is leading the investigation, includes the Philomath Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County District Attorney’s Office and the Corvallis Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philomath PD at 541-929-6911 or email [email protected].


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