A woman was killed Monday night when she stepped in front of an oncoming car on Highway 70 Bypass near McMinnville Funeral Home.
The woman, Robin C. Morton, 56, of Oriole Drive was pronounced dead on arrival at River Park Hospital. The driver of the vehicle that hit her, Jason Bouldin, 33, will face no charges as police say the fatal crash was unavoidable.
Morton was one of several people crossing the highway just after 9 p.m. Monday on Highway 70 Bypass at its intersection with Oriole Drive.
“The driver was traveling west (toward the high school) on Highway 70 Bypass, traveling at ap-proximately 45 mph,” said McMinnville policeman Justin Cobble in his report on the fatal accident. “He said as he approached the intersection of the bypass and Oriole Drive he observed multiple pedestri-ans crossing the highway from the eastbound lane.”
Bouldin told police as he entered the intersection, the woman stepped into his lane.
“He stated he applied his brakes and attempted to swerve to avoid striking the pedestrian,” Cobble revealed.
His maneuver failed and his Nissan pickup struck Morton, throwing her into the air. Bouldin stopped his truck after the accident. In the meantime, several passersby stopped to help but Morton’s injuries were too severe.
An investigation found 50 feet of skid marks and noted the victim was lying 72 feet from the end of the skid marks.
“It appears the driver did have a green light as he was approaching the intersection and the collision was unavoidable once the pedestrian entered his lane of travel,” Cobble concluded in his report.