Lynn Proctor Struck, Killed by 18-Wheeler on Highway 26 in Sandy, OR
Sandy, OR — September 7, 2022, 75-year-old pedestrian Lynn Proctor was fatally hit by a commercial truck on Highway 26 in Sandy.
Authorities say the incident happened around 7:10 a.m. along Highway 26 at East Sylvan Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a commercial truck was westbound on the highway when it slowed at the Sylvan intersection. Proctor was on the westbound shoulder as the truck approached and allegedly tried to cross the highway in front of it.
Investigators believe the truck driver swerved to avoid Proctor but one of the truck's attached trailers fatally struck her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Lynn Proctor Accident in Sandy
Many folks feel that incidents like this, while tragic, are often due to someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. While it's true that stepping onto a highway can be dangerous, it's irresponsible to blame the victim without considering whether anything else contributed to this sad event.
Even if a highway is typically hazardous for pedestrians, there may have been extenuating or unusual circumstances involved. That's why it's important to learn all the details: What are sightlines and visibility like in that area? Was the truck driver awake, alert, and watching the road? What about the pedestrian--was she somehow unaware of the truck on the road? If so, why? Could or should the truck driver have done anything differently? Are there witnesses or dashcam footage that can shed more light on what happened?
Those questions aren't meant to complicate things or make accusations. Further investigation might show this really boils down to an unfortunately-timed attempt to cross a busy thruway. However, it could also reveal other issues that weren't considered at first. At the very least the victim's loved ones deserve to know that careful attention was paid here to bring them answers. If there's anything else to do besides that, knowing so will depend on what those answers turn out to be.