Salem’s Selma Pierce killed in ‘sudden, tragic accident’


Crash happened near Eola Drive NW at Doaks Ferry Road NW

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dr. Selma Pierce, the wife of 2016 Oregon gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce, was struck and killed by an SUV Tuesday evening, police said.

Pierce was hit by the Chevrolet SUV at about 5 p.m. near Eola Drive NW at Doaks Ferry Road NW, according to Salem police. She died at the scene.

Early indications show Pierce was out for an evening walk with a family member when she stepped into the road and was hit by the SUV. The driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating and the family member was unhurt, officials said.

Bud Pierce confirmed his wife’s death a short time later on Facebook:

Bud and Selma Pierce in a 2016 photo posted on his public Facebook page, seen December 1, 2020. Selma Pierce was hit and killed on a Salem road. She was 66.

“Selma Pierce, the glue of the Pierce family, an angel of a person , the only woman that I have ever loved, died this evening in a sudden and tragic accident. We cannot believe that she has left us, but we are comforted in the knowledge that she is with God, and we will see her again.”

Selma Pierce ran as the Republican candidate for election to the Oregon House of Representatives to represent District 20 in 2018 and again in 2020.

Dan and I extend our sincere condolences to the Pierce family on their tremendous and sudden loss of Selma — they are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Selma was a dear person who always put others before herself. She cared deeply for those in need. Selma loved to smile and always searched for ways to make life better for others. She was very devoted to her family. I can’t imagine Salem without her. My heart goes out to her husband Bud and her children, Kristina and Michael.

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney

The crash came a day after Bud Pierce announced he would be running for Oregon governor in 2022.

No further details are available at this time.

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