Woman dies after crash on Highway 8
A Hillsboro woman died after being struck by a vehicle just before 7 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in between Hillsboro and Cornelius, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
First responders arriving at the crash scene at Tualatin Valley Highway and Northwest 341st Avenue attempted "lifesaving measures," said Deputy Brian van Kleef, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office. Leslie Schmadeke, 51, was transported to a local hospital, where she died later Tuesday morning.
Van Kleef said the driver who struck the pedestrian remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. The driver showed no sign of impairment, he said.
Tualatin Valley Highway, also signed through the area as Highway 8, was closed following the crash. At least one lane of traffic re-opened briefly before the highway was closed again for a crash reconstruction.
The crash remains under investigation. The Sheriff's Office said visibility was likely a factor, as it was dark and foggy early Tuesday morning in the area. Schmadeke was wearing dark clothing at the time of the crash, authorities said.
"The Sheriff's Office would like to remind people that it's very dangerous to cross dark highways while wearing dark clothing," the agency said in a statement. "Please consider wearing bright, reflective clothing or carrying a flashing light when out walking along busy roads in the dark."
The highway re-opened shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Road conditions were slick in spots Tuesday morning due to a combination of low temperatures and precipitation, which fell as both rain and snow in Cornelius.
Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School near Cornelius had a delayed start on Tuesday morning. Further to the north, the Vernonia School District canceled all classes and activities for the day.
Editor's note: This story has been added with more information on the crash, including the name of the victim and poor visibility.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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