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Deadly highway crossings

Modified: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014

Shop owner Charlie Womack has witnessed many accidents and near-misses at the busy intersection and crosswalk 50 feet north of his store, where a 61-year-old pedestrian was hit Monday. The victim later died. (Photos by Rick Beasley)

LINCOLN CITY — A tourist who was struck Monday afternoon in a heavily used highway crosswalk died Wednesday, making her the latest pedestrian to fall victim to traffic on Highway 101.

Roberta L. Morton, 61, of Gales Ferry, Conn., succumbed to her injuries at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where she had been flown by air ambulance.

“I’ve been watching accidents and near misses here for the last 14 years,” said Charlie Womack, who owns Treasures of the Sea, a gift shop located 50 feet south of the accident site near the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “I’ve actually seen people jump up on the hoods of cars to avoid getting run over. But this accident with a tourist who came here to visit, it was a real sad scene.”

For the complete article see the 08-29-2014 issue.

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