January 19 2018
MILWAUKIE, Oregon - On 11-10-17, at about 4:15 p.m., the Milwaukie Police were called to the intersection of SE Main Street and SE Washington Street in regards to an unknown-type vehicle accident.
Police arrived and learned a 79-year-old female was walking with her dog, east on SE Washington Street. The female was in a clearly marked crosswalk at the time and her dog (a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix) was on a retractable leash, walking just behind her.
A vehicle, also traveling east on SE Washington Street, stopped at a stop sign, then turned south on Main Street. As the vehicle turned, the vehicle's front bumper caught the leash, knocking the pedestrian down and dragging the dog about 100 feet. The dog sustained a few scrapes and cuts on its paws as well as a bruised liver, but is expected to fully recover. The pedestrian was not injured.
The vehicle stopped and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The driver was cited for failure to stop for a pedestrian.
The Milwaukie Police would like to remind everyone that a crosswalk exists at any public street intersection whether marked with paint or unmarked. Crosswalks can also exist mid-block if they are marked with white painted lines.
Under Oregon Law, a pedestrian is occupying a crosswalk when any part or extension of the pedestrian, including but not limited to any part of the pedestrian's body, wheelchair, cane, crutch or bicycle, moves into the roadway in a crosswalk with the intent to proceed. A driver has specific duties to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.