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HOOD RIVER, Ore. -- On September 20, 2016, at 2:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Barrett Drive near Markham Road for a vehicle that had struck a pedestrian. When emergency personnel arrived, they found ninety-one year old Yoshiko Duffield, in the roadway, in front of her residence, located in the 4300 block of Barrett Drive, west of Markham Road.
The operator of the vehicle that struck Duffield was identified as forty seven year old Mathew Caldwell of Hood River. Caldwell was operating a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup at the time of the crash. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Duffield was transported via LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. She succumbed to the injuries sustained as a result of the collision.
Deputies were assisted with their on scene investigation by the Oregon State Police. The cause and circumstances surrounding the crash are still under investigation.
On September 9, 2016, Marc Smith, a Deputy with the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, was arrested for crimes relating to off duty conduct. On September 8, 2016, the Sheriff was notified of an incident involving Smith and alleged serious misconduct that was unrelated to the Sheriff's Office. Smith was immediately placed on administrative leave and Sheriff Matt English requested that the Oregon State Police conduct an investigation into the allegations.
Friday, Smith was lodged by the State Police at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections on charges of Luring a Minor, two counts of Sexual Abuse in the third degree, one count of Public Indecency and two counts of Private Indecency. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. It is the goal of the Sheriff's Office to be transparent with the public; however we must respect the fact that further release of information could compromise the integrity and sensitive nature of this investigation. The case has been referred to the Crook County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. Further inquiries should be directed to their office.
Sheriff Matt English said, "While Mr. Smith's conduct happened off duty, making certain that our organization maintains the highest standards of conduct and professionalism is paramount. I am committed to ensuring that our employees are held to the same standards as every citizen and that we are accountable for our actions whether on or off duty." English went on to say, "This incident, while deeply disturbing, should not overshadow the hard work that is done by the professional men and women in our organization every day."