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Fatal Crashheader day 600

MARION COUNTY, OR (February 26, 2022) - The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at approximately 6:29 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a commercial motor vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 247.

The preliminary investigation revealed at 6:00 PM OSP dispatch received a driving complaint on a silver Jeep Patriot that was reported to be “driving all over the road” and almost hitting other vehicles. The Jeep Patriot was reported to have stopped on the shoulder of the roadway.

At 6:29 PM it was reported a pedestrian was struck near the same location.

It was determined a southbound Peterbilt CMV, operated by Randy Kinder (61) of Sandy, UT, struck a pedestrian that was in the lanes of travel.

The pedestrian has been identified as Esteva Cartajena (25) of Eugene. Cartajena was also determined to be the operator of the Jeep Patriot.

Cartajena sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Interstate 5 southbound lanes were affected for approximately 4 hours.

OSP was assisted by Turner Fire Department and ODOT.