Car hits woman walking across Stafford Road
Jung Faye was in critical condition Wednesday morning
An 85-year-old Lake Oswego woman was in critical condition at OHSU Hospital after she was struck by a car on Stafford Road Wednesday morning.
Police said Jung Faye, who lives in The Stafford retirement community on Overlook Drive, was walking across the road about 100 feet south of Overlook when she was hit by a 1999 Honda Accord at about 8 a.m.
Police Lt. Doug Treat said the driver, an 82-year-old Lake Oswego woman, stopped immediately and was extremely shaken up by the accident. She had been driving an estimated 25 to 30 miles per hour, well below the road's 40 mph speed limit, Treat said.
No citations were issued, and police are continuing to investigate the incident. Treat noted the accident was far away from a crosswalk.
'This is a clear example of why you want to cross at the intersection and use the traffic control device,' he said.
A number of witnesses, including an off-duty paramedic, stopped their cars to help Faye, who was unconscious and bleeding at the time, according to police.
Lake Oswego resident Jean Shaw was just leaving the dog park by Luscher Farm to walk on a nearby trail when she heard the accident.
'I heard a 'whomp,'' she said. 'A car was traveling north on Stafford toward the city, and I heard them screech to a halt. I honest to god thought they had blown out a tire.'
Shaw realized it was something much worse when multiple vehicles pulled over. At the same time, she said she was relieved to see the number of people who quickly stopped to help. They were kneeling by Faye and trying to talk to her.
Shaw said someone at the scene speculated that maybe Faye thought she was at a crosswalk, as she was crossing at a point where there are sensor lines running across the road to collect traffic data.
Faye was taken by ambulance to OHSU Hospital in Portland, where she remained in critical condition later Wednesday morning.