PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 75-year-old Vancouver man died after being hit by a car while crossing SE Stark St. Friday night.
Tony Joy was walking in a marked crosswalk that had recently been upgraded with flashing lights that alert drivers to pedestrians in the street.
First responders found Joy critically injured but he died at the hospital.
Police said the driver, 37-year-old William Rugg, stayed at the scene and cooperated. After investigators confirmed the crosswalk lights were activated, Rugg was arrested for criminally negligent homicide.
SE Stark Street was closed at 160th for several hours while police investigated.
Yvonne Menefee, who lives nearby, said drivers speed in this area often and when she saw the flashing lights, she knew something bad must have happened.
“I just saw a whole bunch of flashing lights and so I decided to come down and see what was going on,” Menefee said. “I assumed somebody was probably hurt really bad or died.”
Menefee wishes there were more police in this area looking out for speeding drivers.
“People just need to pay attention and I think they’re just not paying attention,” Menefee said.
The Portland Police Bureau is working on reducing traffic fatalities through Vision Zero.