A Portland man was killed — either by jumping off a highway overpass or being hit by a car — early Thursday on Interstate 84 after fleeing a minor crash west of Boardman.
Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched about 3:06 a.m. to a call of a crash with suspicious circumstances on the interstate near milepost 159.
A gold Ford Ranger and white commercial truck were involved in a minor collision on the eastbound offramp to Tower Road.
After the wreck, the driver of the Ranger ran from the scene and the truck driver called police, according to information from OSP. Once on scene, troopers learned the fleeing man had run toward the Tower Road overpass.
Troopers later found the man dead on the highway shoulder, about 120 feet east of the overpass. He has only been identified as a 28-year-old from Portland.
According to OSP, evidence at the scene indicated the man scaled the fence on the overpass and jumped, and was then struck by an unknown motor vehicle that kept driving. Troopers believe the man may have been struck by a dark metallic gray vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding this incident who has not already spoken to investigators is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-276-2121 and reference Incident # SP17409491. Trooper Mitch Pace from the Pendleton Area Command is the lead investigator.
The Oregon State Police were assisted at the scene by the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Boardman Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.