Investigation continues into fatal pedestrian collision on Canyon Road


A 23-year-old Beaverton man died Wednesday morning after being struck by a car while walking across Southwest Canyon Road.

Nicklas J. Baker was pronounced dead at the scene.

At 6:18 a.m., the Beaverton Police Department received several calls reporting a crash involving a vehicle hitting a pedestrian on Canyon Road near the Southwest Watson Avenue intersection.

Due to the possible fatality, the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to take over the investigation.

When police arrived, they established the driver of a black Eagle sedan had been traveling westbound on Canyon Road from the Southwest Lombard Avenue area.

Baker was struck as he crossed at or near Watson Avenue, according to police.

The vehicle was driven by 23-year-old Samantha R. Gormiley of Aloha, who stopped at the scene and cooperated with investigators, said Officer Pam Yazzolino, Beaverton police spokeswoman.

'There is no suspected impairment of the driver, and she was the only occupant of the car,' Yazzolino added. 'The preliminary investigation suggests that speed was likely a contributing factor.'

Traffic was shut down in all directions for about five hours.

During that time, the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted officers by providing a full crew to divert traffic off of Canyon Road, 'enabling officers and investigators to fully concentrate on the scene,' Yazzolino said.

'Having ODOT on the scene was a huge help,' she added. 'Their crew went above and beyond.'

The investigation into the details of the fatal collision continues. No citations have been issued at this time, and no further information was released.