Milwaukie officials respond to crosswalk crash, suspicious mail
This story has been updated from its original version to include more details from police reports.
Thanksgiving weekend was a busy one for Milwaukie-area public-safety officials who responded to a case of a suspicious package and cases of cars hitting and injuring two men.
Around 9:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, Milwaukie police were dispatched to the intersection of Southeast 42nd Avenue and Harrison Street. According to Officer Greg Elkins, 52-year-old Carl Beardsley was walking south on 42nd Avenue and was in the Harrison Street crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 84-year-old Nels Backstrom.
Beardsley was treated at the scene by fire/medics for minor injuries, Elkins said. Backstrom stayed at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, but he was not cited, Elkins said, as "injuries were very minimal and nobody was taken to hospital."
Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man was critically hurt early Friday morning when he was hit by a car in Milwaukie.
The crash in the 5600 block of King Road happened around 6:30 a.m., Milwaukie police said. The 34-year-old woman driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating, officials said.
It's not clear at this time the circumstances surrounding the Friday morning crash. The man was rushed to OHSU for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Elkins said this case is still under investigation by the CRAFT team and no more details have been released at this time.
Then Clackamas Fire spokesman Micah Shelton said a local store near Milwaukie got a bit of a scare on Saturday when an employee opened a letter that had been taped and stapled shut. The letter had been sent from an unknown sender in another country, Shelton said.
A Clackamas Fire hazardous-materials team responded to assess the item at store on McLoughlin Boulevard near Courtney Avenue in Oak Grove. "Hazardous materials technicians isolated the envelope and ran several tests to determine that this was a false alarm," Shelton said.
Local public-safety officials used the incidents as instructive case studies for the public.
Clackamas Fire was pleased that the incident was a false alarm, but reminded everyone that mailing illegal substances is a felony.
"If you should come across a strange package, don't open it," Shelton said. "Leave it be and call the appropriate authorities to inspect it."
Milwaukie police would like to remind all drivers to come to a complete stop at all intersections.
"Use caution when proceeding, especially at night or in low visibility area where street lights are not present," Elkins said.