Washington County deputy hits, kills pedestrian
An on-duty Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy struck and killed an adult male pedestrian early Thursday, April 15, adjacent to the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.
The names of the victim and involved deputy were not immediately released.
According to the Beaverton Police Department, at 1:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Southwest Murray Boulevard and Bowerman Drive on the report of a crash involving a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle.
Officers learned a Sheriff's Office deputy traveling southbound on Murray in their patrol vehicle struck a pedestrian near the Bowerman intersection.
Despite life-saving efforts by the involved deputy, responding officers and paramedics, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
Members of the Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team responded to investigate the crash. The multi-agency team includes officers from local police departments and the Washington County District Attorney's Office. The lead investigator for this case is a detective employed by the Beaverton Police Department.
Initial findings indicate that speed was not a factor in the crash and the involved deputy was proceeding through the intersection of Murray and Bowerman with the green light.
According to Beaverton police, the involved deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of both the crash and an internal investigation. This is standard procedure anytime a deputy or officer is involved in a traffic crash resulting in serious physical injury or death.
The Sheriff's Office is currently facing a tort claim alleging a deputy negligently struck a pedestrian at another crosswalk in Beaverton in 2019.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Southwest Farmington Road and Hall Boulevard, according to the complaint filed in Washington County Circuit Court on Feb. 1.
Mohammed Hassan, the plaintiff, was walking in a marked crosswalk when Deputy Randall Walker allegedly turned right onto Farmington and struck him.
The crash caused injuries to Hassan's head, shoulders, back, wrist and knee, the complaint alleges.
Walker left the Sheriff's Office in 2020 and now works as a trooper for Oregon State Police, state records show.
Hassan is seeking nearly $600,000 in damages, according to the complaint.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with information about a tort claim against the Sheriff's Office.
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