Editor’s Note: KOIN 6 News originally reported the pedestrian was killed; however, authorities clarified later in the day that the person was critically injured.
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A pedestrian was hit and critically wounded on Hwy 26 in Washington County Thursday morning.
The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. near Jackson School Road, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
A semi-truck was heading eastbound on the highway when 69-year-old Morris Rivera of Hillsboro walked in front of it and was hit, according to Oregon State Police.
Investigators think Rivera walked into the truck’s path on purpose.
Troopers said Rivera was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in critical condition.
Ken Leisten, who saw the crash, said he was power washing near some metal buildings when he saw the semi-truck come to an immediate stop.
“You could see an individual laying at the side of the shoulder,” he told KOIN 6 News. “I got on the phone with 911 dispatch and within 3 minutes the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was here.”
He said the truck driver ran back to the man quickly and “good Samaritans ran straight over to the victims and started CPR.”