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Madras police ID man struck, killed while crossing Highway 97

(Update: Name, new details released)

MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Police have identified a Madras-area man who was struck by a car and killed last week as he crossed U.S. Highway 97.

Police and others responded around 11: 20 p.m. last Tuesday night to the reported crash on South Highway 97 near L Street, in an area where the speed limit increases from 25 to 35 mph, Detective Sergeant Steve Webb said.

First responders found a 59-year-old area resident had been struck by a southbound four-door car and died at the scene, Webb said. Police have notified family members, and on Monday, they identified the victim as Eric Duane Frank.

Frank was attempting to cross the road from the east to the west. Webb said. Frank was dressed in dark clothing, with no reflective material, and was in an area where there are no sidewalks or pedestrian crossing areas, the sergeant added.

The driver, a 32-year-old Madras resident, stopped and remained on scene to speak with police, Webb said, and continued to cooperate in the investigation.

Results of the investigation will now be forwarded to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for review, Webb said.

Madras police were assisted at the crash scene and in the investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Fire, Jefferson County EMS and ODOT.

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  1. Sorry the pedestrian was killed. I always walk against traffic and avoid dark clothing. When really paranoid I’ve worn a headlamp and reflective vest. The best person to watch out for my safety is me.

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