Two accidents in two days; Madras shelter officials in shock after one guest killed, another injured

By BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILYL

The people who run the Jefferson County Winter Shelter in Madras are in a state of shock tonight.

The man struck and killed crossing Highway 97 Tuesday night was the second person to be hit by a vehicle in two days on their way to the warming shelter, located at the Cornerstone Baptist Church.

The two men were struck while crossing the highway within a block of each other.

The Monday accident occurred at the highway and NE Chestnut. That victim, a 55 year old man, was seriously injured and is still in the hospital today.

Tuesday’s fatal accident happened at NE Cypress, just a block south.

“This is not something anyone planned for or wanted. The entire mission of the shelter is to keep people alive during the winter months,” said Rick Russell, Jefferson County Faith Based Network. “To see two accidents like this back to back is contrary to everything we are trying to do.  It’s sad. It’s especially sad for the guests at the shelter, their friends and they are especially tonight.” 

The pedestrian who was killed last night has been positively identified as 59-year old Anthony Shadley, a Madras resident.

Russell says a prayer service is planned at the winter shelter, possibly as early as tomorrow, to comfort others who know the accident victims.

The Jefferson County Winter Shelter is open every night through mid-March. It is run by a collective of 9 churches.

 

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