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Police identify driver, pedestrian in fatal Junction City crash

Tim Garrity with the Junction City Police Department called the highway dangerous, saying they respond to a vehicular collision almost daily.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 3:02 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- The pedestrian who was hit by a car and killed near Junction City Friday night has been identified as Megan Thornton, 34.

Oregon State Police also confirmed the identity of the driver as Robbin Wilson, 56, of Monroe.

Authorities said Wilson was driving north when she struck Thornton at Highway 99 and Prairie Road. Crews responded to the call around 10:40 p.m.

Officials with Junction City Fire and Rescue said one vehicle was involved and Thornton was taken to RiverBend Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Oregon State Police confirmed those injuries were fatal. 

Tim Garrity with the Junction City Police Department called the highway dangerous, saying they respond to a vehicular collision almost daily.

He also said that speed plays a factor into the danger.

"If more people were going the speed limit -- which the posted speed limit is 55 -- we'd have a lot less collisions," he said. "It gives you time to react on the roadway, to brake, get your car stopped. It's just common sense."

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