Police are not sure why a woman killed in a collision on Interstate 84 was walking near the Bridal Veil interchange Wednesday, Jan. 2.
Stephany Annette McAlllister, 28, of Spokane, Wash., was struck by a vehicle driven by Jessica M. Moore, 22, of Hood River around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, about 12 miles east of Troutdale. McAllister was apparently crossing the freeway north from the median and was about three-fourths of the way across the westbound lanes when she was hit, said Sgt. Dan Swift of the Oregon State Police.
Police searched the area, but found no automobile connected to McAllister, who did not have a valid driver's license.
'We have no idea why she was out there,' Swift said, adding there was no evidence she was hitchhiking on I-84 or nearby roadways. 'She appeared to be a transient.'
Moore apparently did not see McAllister until just before she struck the pedestrian. She was not injured.
'As (Moore) started to apply her brakes, the collision occurred,' Swift said.
The driver immediately pulled to the shoulder and called 9-1-1 from her cell phone, as did others who drove by and saw Moore's parked vehicle. A State Police trooper was in the area and responded to the scene. Emergency medical personnel pronounced McAllister deceased upon their arrival, Swift said.
There was no evidence Moore was driving recklessly, and she was not charged with any violations.
Police are awaiting results of blood toxicology reports on McAllister, whose family members were located and notified of the accident Thursday night, Jan. 3.
Although the victim apparently did not have a disabled vehicle, Swift cautioned drivers with car trouble to wait in their car until assistance arrives rather than walk along a busy highway.
'Don't cross freeways in the dark,' he said. 'If you have to walk somewhere, walk on the right shoulder, not in the center median.'
Police closed one lane of westbound I-84 during the initial accident investigation.