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Crash kills expectant father on Highway 30

Man dies after being struck from behind by SUV
by: Submitted photo Investigators say this SUV struck and killed 25-year-old James C. White Horse on March 6 as he was walking north on Highway 30.

A 25-year-old Vancouver, Wash., man was killed after he was struck by an SUV while walking along Highway 30 near Scappoose last week.

Oregon State Police troopers continue to investigate the March 6 accident that killed James C. White Horse. Initial reports by investigators indicate that White Horse was either standing or walking in the right westbound lane near Rushing Lane around 11 p.m. when he was hit from behind by a 1999 GMC driven by 18-year-old Warren resident Joel R. Geduck. Visibility was limited because it was dark and an unlit area.

White Horse was dead when emergency responders arrived. Geduck stayed at the scene and was cooperative in the investigation, police say.

White Horse was a painter and laborer for a construction company. His fiancé lives in St. Helens. In his obituary his family wrote that White Horse was 'full of life' and 'looking forward to being a father to his unborn child and becoming a better member of society.'

Police say White Horse may have been drinking alcohol before the crash.

The highway was blocked for about four hours.