Monday, February 08, 2016

A Former Congressman Was Involved in a Fatal Car-Pedestrian Accident

this morning. Bob Smith, who used to serve in Oregon's 2nd congressional district before Greg Walden decided to squat there, was involved in a fatal crash today when he struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street at Kings Highway and Columbus Avenue.

Smith is 84. The pedestrian was 58.

Until the driver was identified by the media a short while ago, lots of comments were spewed on Facebook and other social media talking about how older people shouldn't be allowed to drive or that they should be tested, blah, blah, blah.

It's possible Smith is "losing it," but my guess is he has the best medical care money can buy.


Budreau said investigators will have to determine whether there was a walk signal when Hughes tried to cross and whether he was walking or running. They also have to determine whether Smith, who was in a dedicated turn lane, had a green arrow when he turned.

"We're still trying to determine what that sequence was at the time," Budreau said, adding much of the agency investigation will be filled in by witness statements. "But I don't know if we're going to be able to conclusively say with 100 percent certainty what the lights were at the time of the crash."

Once the investigation is concluded, it will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Smith is a former state and U.S. congressman who served 12 years in the Oregon House, followed by 10 in the Oregon Senate before serving 14 years as U.S. representative for the 2nd Congressional District.

We will see what happens.

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