A 59-year-old Madras man struck and killed crossing Highway 97 Tuesday night in Madras and police are searching for a suspect they say left the scene.
According to Madras Police Detective Sgt. Steve Webb, police are looking for a newer model Volvo semi with damage to the right passenger side believed to be involved in the crash.
“When the crash occurred, parts of the suspect vehicle were located. With these parts, officers have been able to determine the suspect vehicle is a 2018 Volvo VNL series tractor and based on surveillance video being reviewed the trailer is a van type trailer,” Webb said. “Items recovered on scene confirm that damage is to the passenger side of the tractor on the front and right side. This damage includes a missing chrome trim molding piece from the center bumper on the right side, and damage to the right-side hood vent.”
Jefferson County law enforcement received a call around 7 p.m. that a pedestrian had been struck by a car on the north side of Madras on Highway 97 near NE Cypress. The pedestrian, believed to be a Jefferson County resident, died at the scene, according to police.
Webb said it appears the man was walking to the warming shelter located about a quarter mile east of the crash location.
Law enforcement, including the Bend Police Department’s traffic team, are investigating the accident.
Webb said the semi was driving south on Highway 97 when the accident happened.
Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to immediately call Frontier Dispatch at 541-475-2201.
More information will follow as it becomes available.
Tuesday’s crash is about a block south of a similar crash Monday night that resulted in serious injuries to a 55-year-old man crossing the highway, also on his way to the warming shelter. That victim was still in the hospital on Tuesday.
The driver in that crash was cooperating with police and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the pedestrian crossing the street in front of the car, police said.