A Salem man was struck and killed by a car on Interstate 5 early Sunday morning, according to the Oregon State Police.
Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the state police responded to a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian on the freeway near milepost 259, the agency wrote in a statement Monday.
Police determined the deceased driver, 38-year-old Michael Ernest Summers of Salem, was driving north on I-5 when he lost control and struck the jersey barrier “for unknown reasons,” according to the statement.
Summers was chasing his dog, who was freed and running in lanes, when he was struck by a Toyota Camry driven by Amy Biggins, 83 of Salem, driving north on I-5.
Summers was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Biggins remained on scene.
Traffic was impacted for several hours during the investigation, which is still pending, according to the agency.
Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.
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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.