Neighbors say Highway 99 is prone to crashes after a 13-year-old was killed

A 13-year-old boy was killed riding his bike on Highway 99 on Wednesday night, December 6.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2017 5:37 PM
Updated: Dec. 7, 2017 5:47 PM

CRESWELL, Ore. - A 13-year-old boy was hit and killed on Highway 99 at about 6 pm on Wednesday, December 6.

He was riding his bike southbound near the 10.5-mile marker when an 85-year-old driver hit him in a GMC pickup.

Witnesses said the teen was wearing dark clothes and it was hard to see him.

Residents of Highway 99 said this is a very dangerous road, and that there's no room on the sides for pedestrians or bicyclists. 

Marcie Pittman said she's only lived on the road about six months, and she's already seen way too many accidents.

”It’s a very very dangerous road without sides for people to get off on. And I wasn’t surprised, it was very very sad," Pittman said.

She believes some of the factors that go into the danger of the road are excessive speeding, unnecessary passing, and the lack of room on the sides of the road. 

The investigation is currently ongoing. 

Police said Perini is cooperating fully with the investigation and is suspected of no wrongdoing.

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