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Police Seek Witnesses to Fatal Crash

EUGENE, Ore. — A man died after he was hit by a truck on the Ferry Street Bridge Wednesday night, and police are looking for witnesses.

Heavy traffic sifts across the bridge daily, and with no crosswalks it can be a dangerous place for pedestrians to cross.

Eugene police are trying to piece together how the victim ended up in the street and how it all happened.

Just after 10 p.m., police got a call of someone who had been hit a truck traveling northbound on the Ferry Street Bridge.

“When the impact happened, there were some trauma surgeons that just happened to be nearby, heard the crash and came very quickly on the scene to render first aid immediately, and then they were able to get him transported to the hospital,” said Melinda McLaughlin, Eugene Police spokeswoman.

But the victim, 32-year-old Nicholas Tendick died from injuries he sustained in the crash. The driver, 19-year-old Dallin Stewart from Vernal, Utah hasn’t been charged with anything at this point. Police are looking how fast he was driving and if alcohol was a factor, and they encourage anyone who knows anything about the crash to come forward.

“People think that they just had to see the crash, well you don’t actually have to see the crash but what maybe proceeded it or what happened afterwards or any other kind of relevant information and that’s what we look for,” McLaughlin said.

She says even simple tips things like someone’s habits can help police in determining the cause of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

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