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Driver identified in hit-and-run death of woman

Astoria woman died after being struck by vehicle on March 2


The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck and killed 38-year-old Katherine Rusk of Astoria in Boring last week.

Brian Schaffer, 53, of Estacada, is not considered a suspect at this time, but officials have not ruled out criminal charges pending the results of an investigation. Schaffer’s vehicle is a white 2008 Ford F-150, two-door pickup truck with a full-size ladder rack. The vehicle is in control of investigators for forensic analysis, and detectives have executed multiple search warrants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - This is the 2008 Ford F-150, truck allegedly driven by Brian Schaffer, 53, of Estacada, that police say struck Katherine Rusk, 38, of Astoria, in Boring last week. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office tip line at 503-723-4949.

Detectives are seeking tips from the public, especially information regarding Schaffer’s whereabouts and his vehicle on Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Brian Schaffer, 53, of Estacada. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office tip line at 503-723-4949.

Those with information are asked to call 503-723-4949 or complete an online form at web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to Boring early on Thursday, March 3, after two motorists discovered a human body on the southwest shoulder of Southeast 282nd Avenue near Haley Road. They stopped to give assistance, immediately realized the person was deceased, and called 911. Later that day, officials released Rusk’s information and preliminary indications that she had been struck and killed by a vehicle.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office released a photo of the pickup that had been involved in Rusk’s death. They also released an autopsy confirmation that Rusk had died of head trauma following a vehicle strike. Officials also said Saturday they believe the incident took place in the early evening of Wednesday, March 2.

Mike McKay has lived at the intersection of 282nd Avenue and Haley Road since 1959. He said he didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Autopsy results show Katherine Rusk, 38 of Astoria, died of head trauma.

Shortly after Rusk’s body was discovered on Thursday, McKay described the corner outside his home as being one of the most dangerous in the county, in part because of the rates of speed with which drivers approach the intersection.

He has seen numerous accidents take place there through the years.