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News Release
Salem Police Department investigating fatal crash involving a pedestrian **UPDATE** - 12/05/19


Salem Police investigators have identified the pedestrian involved in the fatal crash on December 4th as 72 yr old Salem resident Rodric Kenyon Drolshagen.  Drolshagen was walking his dog across front street, at State Street, and was in a marked crosswalk,  when he was struck by a vehicle and later pronounced deceased at the scene.  His dog was not injured and is currently in the process of being reunited with family members. 

The investigation is continuing and no citations or arrests have been made. 


On 12/4/19, shortly before 11am, Salem Police responded to a report of a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Front St and State Street.  Witnesses reported the pedestrian was struck as he was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of Front street, heading from the Riverfront park area.   The involved vehicle, a black Ford Explorer, was exiting the Riverfront Carousel parking lot, located at State street and Front street, and was turning left to proceed northbound onto Front street, when the pedestrian was hit.  Witnesses provided first aid to the pedestrian prior to emergency responders arriving.  The pedestrian was prounced deceased at the scene.

The involved driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.  Investigators are working to identify and contact the next of kin for the pedestrian.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  There have been no citations or arrests made.

Northbound Front street from Commercial street to Chemeketa street will remain closed for the next few hours while the investigation continues.  State street from Commercial street to Front street will also remain closed during this time.  Southbound Front street remains open.  



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