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It was reported as an injury collision, with CPR in progress; what had actually happened came out later

DAVID F. ASHTON - S.E. 17th Avenue in Sellwood was closed for an extended investigation on the evening of February 14, when a truck pulling into the 7-Eleven store parking lot ran over and killed a man who was sitting or lying in the driveway. A man on the sidewalk at the parking-lot driveway of the 7-Eleven store at S.E. 17th Avenue at Tacoma Street, was killed when run over by a utility truck in Sellwood in the early evening of Friday, February 14.

A large number of Central Precinct officers as well as Portland Fire & Rescue units, were dispatched to the location at 7:24 p.m. There, they found an unresponsive man on the sidewalk near the store. Paramedics worked to revive the victim, who witnesses said had what appeared to be a head injury, for more than 20 minutes before he was pronounced deceased.

The PPB Major Crash Team responded and assumed investigation of the accident. The driver of the utility "bucket truck" involved remained after the incident, and spoke with investigators.

"I saw it happen; it was a tragic scene," Phoebe Janis told THE BEE; she added that she had frequently seen that man at the 7-Eleven store.

"He usually sits near the store, and eats at the corner there," said Janis told reporters. "I think he was sitting there – and I don't think he was seen by [the driver of the] truck that pulled in and hit him."

"Initial information suggests that the [driver of the] truck was pulling into the convenience store parking lot when he ran over the victim; investigators have not determined the exact position of the victim at the time of the crash," a PPB spokesperson later reported.

"The driver of the truck stayed on-scene and cooperated with the investigation; officers did not note any signs of impairment on the part of the truck driver, and there have been no arrests or citations issued at this time," the police official confirmed.

The investigation of the tragedy lasted until the following morning, and involved some two dozen officers. The identity of the victim was released by the Portland Police Bureau on the morning of Saturday, February 22: "The deceased person is identified as Stacey A. Eaton, 42. His family has been notified of his death."


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