Pedestrian killed on Hwy 14 near Evergreen Boulevard

first_imgA 36-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when he reportedly jumped or walked in front of a truck and was hit on state Highway 14 westbound, just west of the off-ramp to Evergreen Boulevard.Lemuel Gibson III of Portland was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.Shortly after 4 p.m., the bulletin said, Gibson had been walking east, toward oncoming traffic, on the north shoulder when he moved in front of a westbound 2007 Freightliner box truck driven by Dan R. Pierce, 41, of Portland.Pierce stopped after hitting Gibson, as required by law, and was not reported injured, the bulletin said.A witness, Bill Glaser of Ridgefield, said he saw the man dive onto Highway 14 from the ledge at the foot of Andresen Road.Glaser said he’d been driving his mail-delivery truck on Andresen near Southeast Highland Drive and St. Joseph Catholic Church when he first saw the man walking downhill.“He stepped out in front of my truck, and I almost hit him,” Glaser said. “I yelled, ‘Dude, what are you doing? Are you trying to get run over?’“I looked him in the eye and it was just like he didn’t hear anything I was hollering,” Glaser added. “He wasn’t there.”last_img read more