U.S. Highway 26 north of Madras

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 26 about two miles north of Madras.

On July 24, at about 9:12 p.m., a 2004 Saturn passenger car driven by Robert C. Towler, 78, of Madras, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 114 when it encountered a man walking in the darkness in the traffic lane. Towler attempted to avoid the man but his car struck him.

The pedestrian, identified as Michael D. Thompson, 52, of Madras, was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Madras, where he died of his injuries.

Towler was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Bend and Madras offices are continuing the investigation, with trooper Derreck Ellena as the lead investigator. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Jefferson County Fire District, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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