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Milwaukie Police Respond to Vehicle Vs, Pedestrian Crash - 01/04/19

Case #19-000102

Date 1/4/2019



On 1/4/2019 at approximately 6:49 pm, Milwaukie Police responded to SE 42nd Avenue and SE Harrison Street regarding a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash. Police arrived on scene at 6:50 pm. The pedestrian (60-year-old Richard E. Purdy) reported he was unharmed and refused medical attention when medics arrived on scene. The driver,72-year-old David W. Desemple remained on scene and cooperated with the police investigation.

It was determined Mr. Desemple was southbound on SE 42nd Avenue and stopped at the stop sign at SE Harrison Street. Mr. Desemple reported, after stopping, he began his west bound turn onto SE Harrison Street and heard something hit his car. Mr. Desemple said he stopped and recognized he had hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Mr. Desemple claimed he did not see the pedestrian due to the dark clothing worn and dim lighting at the intersection.

Mr. Purdy reported he was carrying a pizza and crossing SE 42nd Avenue west on SE Harrison Street. Mr. Purdy said as he entered the SE 42nd Avenue lane for traffic headed west onto SE Harrison Street, he was struck by Mr. Desemple’s vehicle. Mr. Purdy admitted he was probably difficult to see, due to his black leather jacket and the dim lighting of the intersection.

A witness (whom was driving east on SE Harrison Street and turning south onto SE 42nd Avenue) remained on scene and provided her statement to police for their investigation.

Mr. Desemple’s license was discovered to be expired during the investigation. Mr. Desemple was issued a citation for, “No Operator’s License”. Both parties apologized to each other and went about their night.

Milwaukie Police would like to remind drivers to be especially careful while driving in low light conditions and particularly careful at crosswalks where pedestrians may be crossing and difficult to see. 

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