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Pedestrian hit by vehicle in Sisters

A 72-year-old Beaverton woman was seriously hurt when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing Cascade Avenue on Monday evening, June 24.

According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the intersection of East Cascade Avenue and North Spruce Street in Sisters for a report of a crash involving a pedestrian.

Lt. Chad Davis reported that the crash occurred when a westbound 2015 Dodge Ram van, driven by Todd Beckwith, 56, of La Pine, failed to yield to the pedestrian, who was crossing East Cascade Avenue with her husband at North Spruce Street. The pedestrian’s husband was carrying an orange pedestrian safety flag at the time. These flags are placed at busy intersections to aid pedestrians in crossing Cascade Avenue safely.

The pedestrian was seriously injured in the crash, and medics with the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded to the scene. Medics summoned an air ambulance to respond to the Sisters Airport, where the pedestrian was then flown to St. Charles Medical Center.

Beckwith was later cited for failing to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian and careless driving

Cascade Avenue was closed for about 20 minutes while medics attended to the pedestrian, and for the crash investigation. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Black Butte Ranch Police.


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