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Girl seriously hurt in Corvallis crash
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Girl seriously hurt in Corvallis crash

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A "ghost bike" installed along Highway 99W in South Corvallis in October honored Jeremy Gruver, a cyclist who died from injuries suffered there. A pedestrian was struck by a motorist on Wednesday night in the same corridor. 

A serious injury crash closed Highway 99 at SE Chapman Place in Corvallis on Wednesday night, according to the Corvallis Police Department and  Oregon Department on Transportation.

An 11-year-old girl was struck by a male motorist driving a Nissan Leaf at about 6:43 p.m., said Lt. Joel Goodwin of the Corvallis Police Department. She was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center where she was being treated for her injuries.

On Thursday morning, the girl was reportedly in critical condition.

The girl was in the pedestrian crosswalk that connects the First- Alternative Co-Op on the east side with Papa's Pizza Parlor on the west side. The motorist was traveling south when the collision occurred, and it was raining at the time of the incident, Goodwin said.

No names have been released while the investigation continues.

The area has been a challenging one for bicycle and pedestrian users in recent years. Cyclist Eric Austin died in 2018 after being struck by a vehicle at Chapman Place and cyclist Jeremy Gruver died last October after being hit by a vehicle just north of the intersection.

The city of Corvallis and ODOT have been working on safety improvements in the corridor. 

Some of that work already has been completed. ODOT has painted green-and-white markings on the east side of Highway 99W to hopefully make it safer for folks connecting with the multiuse path that runs under the bridge over the Marys River.

ODOT also plans to replace the flashing lights at the four pedestrian crossings on Highway 99 with rectangular rapid flashing beacon lights. Another key piece of the Highway 99 bicycle/pedestrian safety equation is moving the multiuse path away from Highway 99 after it crosses the Mary-s River.
 
The new path section will connect with Crystal Lake Drive. The extension is tentatively scheduled to be completed by October.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@gazettetimes.com or 541-812-6116. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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