Corvallis 11-year-old dies after crash

The girl was a student at Linus Pauling Middle School.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 1:28 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2020 4:01 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A young girl was who was hit and critically injured by a car in Corvallis on Jan. 8 has died, police said.

Rhiana Daniel, 11, was using a crosswalk in the 1000 block of SW 3rd Street at about 6:45 p.m. when she was hit by a car heading south. 


Daniel, who was a student at Linus Pauling Middle School, died late Thursday due to her injuries.

Police said the 45-year-old driver, who is from Corvallis, is cooperating with the investigation. 

If you have any information, contact detectives at 541-766-6924.

Neighbors said the intersection is known to be dangerous. Dan Rockwell lives nearby and said that the blinkers pedestrians can activate when crossing the road are operational on either side of the street. The blinkers that were in the median of the road have been out of order for months. 

Rockwell took part in his own sort of protest Friday evening by crossing the crosswalk repeatedly while holding a sign bringing attention to what he said is danger on the road.

"I can't believe a family is in that pain right now. And I couldn't do anything, so I decided I'd come out and try to be courteous with walking across the road over and over again. But not courteous enough that I wouldn't delay some people getting home this Friday," he said.

Thursday the Corvallis School District crisis team was at the middle school to provide support to students and staff. They set up a care room in the school library conference rooms for students and staff.  Officials say the crisis team may return next week if the need arises.

Amy Ridling's two students were in the same school as Daniel. She said the news has been difficult for her children to understand. 

"My son told me yesterday they told his class. He's in fourth grade. And they talked with his class about this whole thing and he told me he's glad he doesn't live in the city because he doesn't want to get hit by a car," she said. 

Students at Linus Pauling Middle School were told about the accident Thursday morning by their first-period teachers. 

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