SILETZ — Just before noon on Monday, Aug. 19, a driver on West Buford Road in Siletz momentarily looked away from the road, and as a result, his vehicle drifted over the centerline and struck a juvenile pedestrian.
After the accident, the driver — Ronald Hervey, 68 — remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities during the investigation. Pacific West Ambulance and Siletz Valley Fire District responded for medical assistance, and the pedestrian was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, where she was treated for minor injuries before being released.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office determined that the cause of the crash was Hervey looking briefly away from the roadway, which led his pickup truck to drift over the centerline and strike the pedestrian. The victim was then vaulted over the fender of the truck and landed on the grassy shoulder.
Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Rene Lopez told the News-Times that this incident, like most crashes, was preventable.
“Just keep your eyes on the road,” said Lopez. “I think … when you’re driving that’s pretty reasonable, to expect the public to keep their eyes on the road.”
According to the sheriff’s office, no impairment is suspected. No criminal charges are pending, though a traffic citation for careless driving will be pursued.