Pedestrian dies, driver arrested after hit-and-run collision in SE Salem

A 75-year-old man died three days after a pickup truck driver collided with him near the southeast Salem Winco before fleeing.

Emergency responders were called around 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, to the 4100 block of Southeast Rickey Street, where a man crossing the street was struck by a driver, according to a Salem Police Department statement.

Police found that the pedestrian was trying to cross Rickey Street around one block east of Lancaster Drive when he was hit by a pickup truck driver headed west on the same street. The pedestrian was in the travel lane at the time.

The street runs adjacent to a large shopping complex in southeast Salem that includes Winco and several fast food restaurants.

Randall Wilson was trying to cross Southeast Rickey Street in the 4100 block when he was hit by a pickup truck driver who then fled the scene, according to Salem police (Google Maps)

The pedestrian, Randall D. Wilson, of Salem, was taken to Salem Hospital with injuries.

Officers identified the driver as Ramiro G. Herrera and arrested him at his Keizer home later that afternoon. Herrera, 63, was arrested on an accusation of failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Wilson was later taken for additional care to a Portland-area hospital, where he died Wednesday night, May 8, according to the police statement.

Court records showed no formal charge filed, and the Marion County Jail roster did not list him as being in custody as of Monday.

Salem police spokeswoman Angela Hedrick declined to say if the pedestrian had right of way, saying prosecutors would need to clarify those details because the driver has been arrested. Marion County Deputy District Attorney Brendan Murphy did not immediately respond to the same written question.

Salem police said they have investigated 11 major collisions this year, resulting in 11 deaths.

CORRECTION: An earlier version incorrectly reported the date of the driver’s arrest. Salem Reporter apologizes for the error.

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.