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Bend police ID pedestrian struck, killed on NE Third Street as Arizona man, 23

(Update: Police release name more details)

Say he had been in Bend for about two months

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend police on Wednesday released the name of a 23-year-old pedestrian from Arizona who was struck by two vehicles and killed Monday night as he crossed Northeast Third Street.

Derek Reed of Chino Valley, Arizona, had been in the area for a couple of months, Sgt. Tim Guest said after his family was contacted on Tuesday.

Reed was struck by a car and a motor home around 9:20 p.m. Monday in the northbound lanes of Third Street, also known as Business Highway 97 and U.S. Highway 20, as he crossed from east to west near the intersection with Mervin Sampels Road, Guest said.

Night had just fallen, it had been raining and the area is unlit, without a marked crosswalk, Guest said, adding that the man was wearing dark clothing when he was struck. ODOT has been in planning in recent years for a traffic signal and crosswalk at the location.

Both drivers stopped at the scene and are cooperating in the investigation, Guest said. While the fatal crash occurred near the Bethlehem Inn, Reed was not staying at the shelter, the sergeant added.

The crash investigation closed the road for about 3 1/2 hours, with detours in place until it reopened just after 1 a.m., ODOT said.

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  1. I see so many people out walking on 3rd Street after dark. More often than not they are dressed in dark clothing and not using crosswalks. From Greenwood south to Murphy Rd, many pedestrians at night.

    1. This was a lot further north than that. If the article is accurate, this happened just south of Empire by the DMV. Not a very well-lit section of road, and the nearest crosswalk is a long way away.

      1. Yes, I know it was further north, I was talking about where I travel at night. There have been pedestrian fatalities south of Greenwood over the past several years.

  2. Easy to see how this could happen. I walk along that stretch alot and there is no sidewalk on the east side, and it is a long way between crosswalks. So, I have run across several times, and cars are driving 45+ and it is a very wide street. Easy to miscalculate how long it will take you to cross.

    1. Timing a crossing can be difficult. Inevitably there is someone doing 30mph while texting or checking their makeup and someone oblivious doing 65mph. Factor in the stoner doing any speed between those two and a long history of a city council primarily concerned with quality of driving issues and you end up with this. People aren’t people anymore, they are just an operating system for their car. And when they’re that they can’t hear as they out drive the lighting situation. It’s much like an airplane on an instrument flight except without the instruments and no luck at going over or under other traffic.

    1. I notice that particularly about some of the homeless types. They’ll casually stroll across the road even though they don’t have the right of way, glaring at you and demanding you stop. That would be a dangerous thing to do when it’s dark. There’s a homeless shelter in that area.

      1. You don’t need to stop, all you need to do is go in front of or behind them. Besides an accelerator and brake pedal, cars also are equipped with a steering wheel.

        1. Yea, steering wheel doesn’t do any good when the other lanes are occupied, and they know it. Lots of homeless people need help with mental help services. If you don’t believe me, go visit the Bottle Drop Center on 2nd sometimes.

  3. A 23 year old hit by 2 cars while crossing 3rd street. I think there is a lot more to this story, but I doubt we will ever find out. Privacy rights will prevail.

    1. You are right, and, right again.

      Someone should ask the question why so many homeless people in Oregon have out of state Identification.

      The west coast policies of drugs and welfare bring them in from all over the country.

        1. That is not accurate.

          A records request for all “unwanted” calls for service where someone is contacted and identified might shed some light.

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