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Transient killed while crossing 82nd Avenue

Police still looking for family of Christopher Brumett, who had no permanent address


Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Tuesday evening's fatal collision on Southeast 82nd Avenue near Sunnybrook Boulevard.

The victim was identified as 35-year-old Christopher Dean Brumett. Anyone with information to help identify and notify Brumett's next of kin is asked to call the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office at 503-655-8380 or OSP Trooper Ted Moisan at 503-731-3020 ext 454.

According to OSP Sgt. Andy McCool, on Jan. 15 at approximately 8:20 p.m., a collision involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle occurred, which was initially reported as serious injury. After emergency responders arrived on scene, they confirmed the pedestrian was deceased.

Brumett was reportedly crossing 82nd Avenue with another man from the west to east about 500 feet south of Sunnybrook Boulevard when he was struck by a southbound 1997 Ford van driven by Jared L. Smith, 32, from Happy Valley. The collision occurred in the area between the two southbound lanes, and the other pedestrian crossing with the victim was not hit. Smith, who stopped at the scene, was not injured and cooperated fully with the investigation.

The southbound lanes of 82nd Avenue were closed during the investigation for about two hours.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District No. 1, Clackamas County Medical Examiner and ODOT.

Preliminary statistics according to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System show a near 30 percent increase in pedestrian deaths during 2012 in comparison to 2011. OSP and ODOT offer the following safety tips urging pedestrians and motorists to "See and be seen":

Pedestrians

* Enhance visibility when wearing dark clothes, such as bright or reflective clothing or shoes; drivers can't avoid what they can't see.

* Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.

* Don't wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing the street.

* Watch out for motorists' blind spots.

* When possible, cross with others; there truly is safety in numbers - drivers are more likely to see a group of people than individuals.

* Remain alert! Don't assume that cars are going to stop. Make eye contact with motorists before crossing paths.

* Use crosswalks and walk on sidewalks whenever possible.

* Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.

Motorists

* Always have an eye out for pedestrians, especially during dark hours.

* When you are entering a popular pedestrian area, expect that you may encounter them and slow down ahead of time.

* Be prepared to stop when approaching crosswalks.

* Drive at cautious speeds in rainy weather and in low-light areas.

* Eliminate distractions such as cell phones so you can focus on driving.

* Remember, road conditions can impact your stopping ability, so be prepared.