A woman died this morning after a car struck her while she was jogging in Milton-Freewate .

Marrie Lisa Meza, 20, of Milton-Freewater, was jogging at about 7 a.m. across Winesap Road between Appleton and Ferndale roads, Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo said, when a vehicle hit and killed her.

“Speed, alcohol and drugs were not a factor,” Trumbo said, “headphones and a Walkman are.”

Meza didn’t appear to know a vehicle was even coming, Trumbo said, likely because of the earphones.

Trumbo said the driver, 22 -year-old Hector Manual Garcia Ibarra, also of Milton-Freewater, tried to avoid Meza, but the vehicle clipper her, throwing her off the road. An ambulance took Meza to St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla, where she died.

At this time, it does not appear Marrie Lisa Meza is next of kin to the Meza family of Milton-Freewater that recently suffered a tragedy when 6-year-old Malani Meza died in a house fire.

Trumbo advised anyone jogging along roadways to run toward traffic, and they should wear brightly colored clothes or at least reflective stripes. He also said people who wear earphones while running outside should wear just one earphone. That way, he said, they still can hear traffic.

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