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Gresham man dies while trying to stop his rolling semi-truck

Police seek additional witnesses, information

Salem traffic officers are seeking additional witnesses and information about events leading to the Wednesday, Aug. 17, death of a Gresham man who tried to stop his rolling semi-truck but was run over in the parking lot of a mall in Salem.

Dean Leslie Pollard, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene after Salem police and firefighters arrived at 3:51 p.m. to the parking lot in the 1900 block of Commercial Street Southeast.

Traffic officers are seeking additional information from the good Samaritan who helped in preventing the semi-truck from going further into Johnston's Cleaners by stopping the semi-truck. Traffic officers are reconstructing the events leading up to, during and after the accident. This additional information would assist the officers in determining the sequence of events.

Anyone who witnessed the accident and did not speak to a traffic officer is asked to contact the Salem Police Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171. If no officer is in the office, citizens can leave a voice mail so an officer can contact them.

The preliminary investigation indicated a semi-truck driver pulled into the parking lot and went into a business to ask for directions. The semi-truck began rolling forward, striking a parked car. The driver ran out to try and stop the truck but was run over.

The truck continued rolling across the parking lot and crashed into a dry-cleaning business, causing damage to the building's exterior. No one in the business was injured.

Pollard was a longtime driver for Christenson Oil of Portland.