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Pedestrian Killed In Parkway Crash

BEND, OR -- A Bend woman was killed overnight after she was struck by a car on the Parkway. Bend Police and Sheriff's Deputies responded just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, following a report of a pedestrian struck in the northbound lanes south of the Empire Avenue exit. 

Officers arrived and medically assessed the pedestrian, identified as 43-year-old Jennifer Bell. She suffered fatal injuries due to the impact of the crash.

The original caller was the driver of the involved, 29-year-old Portland resident Austin Smith. Two additional callers reported seeing the pedestrian standing still in the roadway prior to the collision. Smith cooperated with the investigation. At this time, investigators have ruled out speed and intoxication as factors in the crash.

Members of the Bend Police crash reconstruction team responded to investigate and process the scene. The northbound lanes of the Parkway were closed between the NE Revere off-ramp and the NE Empire off-ramp for approximately four hours. Investigators were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation Incident Response team.

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