A driver struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday evening on a busy state highway running through southeast Salem.
Police and firefighters responded to a report around 6:15 p.m. of a car striking a pedestrian east of the intersection of state Highway 22, also known as Southeast Mission Street, and Hawthorne Avenue, according to the Salem Police Department.
The caller reported the driver had left the scene, but the driver stopped and called police a few blocks from the crash scene, police said in a news release.
Firefighters found the pedestrian, 51-year old David H. Stockam of Salem, dead at the scene.
Police determined that Stockam was in the roadway just before the collision, according to Salem police spokeswoman Angela Hedrick. Police otherwise few details about the collision.
The driver, Daniel Carmona, 69, is cooperating with police as they investigate the crash, according to the statement.
Salem police have not cited or arrested the driver. The agency said it would release no additional information about the crash while the investigation continues.
The collision shut down the intersection for around four hours.
Stockam’s death is the third fatal collision in Salem this year and the second involving a pedestrian victim.
On Jan. 12, a pickup truck driver struck and killed Robert D. Marshall, 66, of Salem, in a crosswalk downtown.
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.