SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield police say the man who was hit while walking down a Springfield sidewalk died of his injuries Monday night.
Nathan Nelson, 40, of Eugene was employed by ARC Lane County, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities and their families. Nelson was walking with a client at the time of the accident. The client was not injured.
ARC Lane County executive director Pam Ring said Nelson was a valuable and dedicated employee. She said they are deeply saddened and all of their thoughts and sympathies are with Nelson's family and friends.
Police identified the driver of the Chevy Tahoe as Kenneth McQuown, 56, of Springfield.
Investigators said "impairing prescription medications" may have contributed to the crash.
"From what we're told, the caregiver walks with the client with a locked arm. So very close proximity," Sgt. Michael Massey said. "I assume at that point, them and the caregiver had their arms locked as they normally do walking down the sidewalk."
Zachery Craig works at nearby gas station. He said Nelson would come in almost every day and would sometime take clients to the store.
"Anytime he was in here and I had bad day, he would make me laugh," Craig said. "If he was in here having a rough day, I'd make him laugh. He was a great person overall, a great person."
At last check McQuown is not facing any charges. Police said the case is still under investigation and they are working with the District Attorney's office.