Sherwood woman dead at the scene; no charges filed

A woman was killed Monday night when she was struck by a pickup truck as she was crossing Southwest Elwert Road in rural Washington County near Sherwood.

The driver of the truck was 30-year-old Wesley Crockett of Forest Grove.

The woman, 62-year-old Joan Carol Deyoung-Burkland, died at the scene, according to Washington County sheriff’s deputies. She was crossing the road in front of her house to go to her mailbox at the time of the accident.

Crockett “did not see her until the last second” and is not being charged at this time, said Sgt. David Thompson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Crockett “remained at the scene and fully cooperated with deputies,” Thompson added.

Members of the Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the scene. Their preliminary investigation determined that Crockett was driving his pickup truck north on Southwest Elwert Road near Southwest Schroeder Lane, an unlit, rural county road with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

According to the driver of the car directly behind Crockett, he was driving in a normal manner, at or below the speed limit. Crockett tried to swerve to avoid the victim, but stuck her with the right-front side of his truck. He called 911 along with another driver who witnessed the crash.

Investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash. Deyoung-Burklund’s next of kin have been notified.

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