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Driver strikes pedestrian, commits suicide


March 20, 2019

POLICE investigate the scene at 22nd Avenue and Main Street Friday night, March 15, where a woman was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle and the driver then killed himself.

A Sweet Home man committed suicide after striking and critically injuring a Sweet Home woman with his vehicle Friday evening.

Police and medics found 77-year-old Lon Salladay dead at the scene. Medics transported 45-year-old Katrina Hadland to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, where she was transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University by air ambulance.

Police responded to a report of the crash on the north side of the intersection of 22nd and Main streets at 7:49 p.m., said Police Chief Jeff Lynn. Medics, including one who was off duty, also responded and rendered aid to Hadland,...

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