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Salem Police Investigating Pedestrian vs Car Traffic Crash

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: April 28th, 2013 12:06 AM

Update: 11:50pm, Sat. 04/27/13

The pedestrian involved has been identified as Jonathan B. CURTIS, 22yrs (dob:06/08/90), of Salem-Keizer. CURTIS' condition has been upgraded to non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol appears to be involved with CURTIS.

The driver of the vehicle involved has been identified as Menthy MARAS, 42 yrs (dob:01/07/71), of Salem. MARAS had been operating a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. MARAS was not injured in the accident.

Preliminary investigation indicates that MARAS was traveling southbound in the left lane of Lancaster Dr. NE, just south of Sunnyview Rd. NE when CURTIS ran in front of his vehicle, crossing in a west to east direction. CURTIS was dressed in dark clothing. MARAS attempted to avoid striking CURTIS, but was unable to.

MARAS is cooperating with Traffic Crash investigators. The Traffic Control Unit investigation is continuing.

Traffic lanes of Lancaster Dr. NE should be cleared and back to the normal traffic pattern by 1:00am, Sunday, 4/28/13.

Occ time/date: 9:38pm, Sat. 04/27/13
Location: Lancaster Dr. NE & Sunnyview Rd. NE

Salem Police are investigating a pedestrian versus car traffic crash at Lancaster Dr. NE & Sunnyview Rd. NE.

On male adult pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and was transported to Salem Hospital with life threatening injuries.

The involved vehicle and driver remained at the scene and are cooperating with investigators.

Both lanes of southbound Lancaster Dr. NE traffic are closed at Sunnyview Rd. NE. One northbound lane of Lancaster Dr. NE is open. Traffic lanes are expected to remain close for about two hours. Drivers are asked to avoid the area and use alternate routes.

No other information is available at this time.

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