Milton-Freewater man killed crossing Highway 11

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MILTON-FREEWATER — A Milton-Freewater man died Monday evening when he was struck by a pickup as he attempted to cross Highway 11 south of Appleton Road.

Oregon State Police this morning identified the victim as Juan Flores-Romero, 69.

According to police, Flores-Romero was trying to cross from the west side to the east side of the highway at about 6:50 p.m. He was struck in the left southbound lane by a pickup driven by Miguel C. Lara, 31, of Milton-Freewater.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Lara, who was not injured, was cited for driving while suspended and driving uninsured.

The highway was closed nearly three hours, police said, and an investigation is continuing.

Oregon State Police troopers were assisted at the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Milton-Freewater Ambulance Service and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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namvet60 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Geez - what a surprise - suspended license and uninsured!

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downhillracer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Geez - what a suprise - more daily moanings from our local gadfly.

So, Mr. 'namvet', why do you find it "no suprise" that this individual has a suspended license and is uninsured?

Something in the spelling of his last name, perahaps?

You sir, are the most hypocrytical, insensitive self-centered individual to grace the pages of this publication. Perhaps, ever.

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namvet60 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I'll make a change as soon as you learn how to spell and make sense! If it makes you feel any better it was the spelling of his first name. (SARC)

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wwguy7 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Let's not side step around the truth here downhillracer. It's in no way hypicritical to state that we have a problem with drivers who are uninsured/unlicensed. We have a large agricularal presence, which in turn gives our area a large population of hispanic farm workers, some of which are undocumented. They are not able to get licenses and frankly don't want to pay for insurance. There is no reason to until they get in an accident. This is the truth of the matter. Nothing insensitive about it.

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downhillracer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

It's incredibly racist, making such a statement w/o knowing the facts, going on a nonsensical set of assumptions. Talking about "them" and "they" as if you know. Ridiculous.

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namvet60 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Without knowing the facts? If you read the article you would find everything you need to comprehend without assuming!

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barracuda 3 months, 3 weeks ago

It seems Downhiller has nothing to do except to chastise a few "posters" on this site. Always complaining about the comments and spelling of certain posts. Never adding to the discussion or attempting to clarify any entries or postings.

Someone likened people who do this type of posting to a "mosquito".
Hmmmmmm, Who could have said that?

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downhillracer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I had plenty to say. If you look at the original post, please advise what exactly was said that "added to the discussion" by the 'namvet'.

You clowns can keep encouraging each other, fortunatly the world is moving away from small, bitter concepts that you embrace.

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namvet60 3 months, 3 weeks ago

downhillracer - what is your problem dude? Is it my moniker and being a conservative? Or is it that you were stuck bunking with Bill Clinton up in Canada during the 60's?

Whatever it is you can pack it up and put it to rest. Your ignorance and negativity is a real factor for mental illness that you should have looked at. Maybe you could contact Carlos Acevedo and set up an appointment because it seems you two have the same guidelines to follow. Basically being structurally unsound.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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downhillracer 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh, right. Free Speech, but only for you. Pack it up? Not even close. You make a clearly racist comment about an individual involved in a horrible incident. You get called out for it. You constantly make useless, nonsensical commentary, just like you did today. You get called out for it. Deal with it.

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namvet60 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Apparently you didn't call Carlos yet?

You probably don't like Phil Robertson either?

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oldguyonabike 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Some of the fault could plausibly be assigned to the design of the road. Is there a way a pedestrian can cross this road safely?

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tpeacock 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes, like any other roadway, except for perhaps an Interstate, you look both ways, and don't cross if traffic is coming. They used to teach that to kids, but starting with the '80's, kids started being taught they were special individuals with their own little beings that didn't need to concern themselves with being responsible as this was someone else's job to do. Drivers are supposed to watch for these innocent little babes (no matter their age) instead of them having to look both ways and be responsible for their own safe crossing. Just take a look and notice how many pedestrians you see stepping out into traffic without looking, especially around Whitman College.

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pdywgn 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Lara brought the vehicle to the scene of the collision while driving on a suspended license. He is 100% responsible for the outcome. You could design a loop in the road and Lara would still be 100% responsible for the death because he wasn't legally allowed to be there operating a motor vehicle.

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namvet60 3 months, 2 weeks ago

pdywgn - perfect reply! Some people think that you wait until after the occurence or accident to try and rectify the problem? Whoops -- somebody is already in the hospital or morgue.

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barracuda 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree. This same scenario is true for drink booze. I don't care for the "defense" of I was drunk..... Nobody asked you to get drunk.... YOU made that decision all by your self....

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downhillracer 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Neither the legal system or the insurance industry share your opinion. Are you suggesting driving on a suspended license is the same as DUI?

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barracuda 3 months, 2 weeks ago

RE: Are you suggesting driving on a suspended license is the same as DUI? My answer to the question..... Both cases are not reasonable ideas, and both bright ideas will land you in hot water with the law........ If you knowingly do something as illegal as either one of these, you should be held liable for all consequences that follows....

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namvet60 3 months, 2 weeks ago

be careful barracuda - there's a mosquito buzzing around you.

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downhillracer 3 months, 2 weeks ago

As usual you have nothing of value to add to a legitimate question, yet manage to shine a light on your intolerance, ignorance, and clear lack of understanding as to how the judicial system works.

Am I surprised? Not at all.

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barracuda 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Namvet....... Not too worried... Just an annoyance...... He asked my opinion and I gave it... It is jut too easy, and it's kind of fun to watch..............

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downhillracer 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Obviously it was too much to expect an informed, intelligent opinion. Instead, we get the usual mutual admiration society claptrap, comprised of the daily drivel we see in the posting, above.

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PearlY 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Even drunk people and people with suspended licenses can have accidents that are not their fault.

Nobody knows anything about the facts of this accident yet, except that a man died and the man who hit him had a suspended license. I don't see how it helps to speculate about what we don't know. What's with everyone's rush to judgment?

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namvet60 3 months, 2 weeks ago

PearlY - my only thought would be that neither (drunk or person with suspended license) should be behind the wheel in the first place?

Just a thought.

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PearlY 3 months, 2 weeks ago

And if the gas station hadn't sold Lara gas, his car wouldn't have been there either. And if Lara had asked his licensed brother (if he has one) to drive him, the car still would have been there to hit the pedestrian.

Sorry, Lara should be punished for driving unlicensed, but that alone doesn't make him at fault for the accident.

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writewinger 3 months, 2 weeks ago

While I very much agree with the position expressed by PearlY, I think it also prudent to agree with the thought of NamVet in his most recent post. Law enforcement will sort out who may have been at fault here.

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namvet60 3 months, 2 weeks ago

PearlY - some very broad hypotheticals? So are you trying to say that if a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his butt?

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PearlY 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm trying to say that we should do unto others as we would want them to do unto us: Wait until ALL the important facts are known before judging and condemning us. For all we know, this pedestrian was entirely to blame for the accident that killed him or even committed suicide-by-car. We DON'T KNOW.

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namvet60 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry PearlY - failed to insert the smiley face on that post trying for a little humor for the first day of the New Year.

My very first post on this article was stated with the thought in mind of numerous cities passing out drivers license like they were contraceptives.

There are 3 issues on this story that have a bearing - 1. Unless he can present a valid drivers license the person is guilty - 2. Unless he can present a current insurance coverage the person is guilty - 3. trying to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were not guilty of failure to yield to a pedestrian is a tough road to hoe. I was not convicting the driver other than using the citations presented in the article.

Trying to clear that up for me will probably draw the usual picking apart and taking out of context for the common abuse by a few of these posters! :)

Have a Happy New Year!

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grunt161 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Now while it is sad that an individual has died and the driver was not allowed to drive is not the only issue. Since the accident I have almost hit a few people who have ran across this highway and one was visibly intoxicated. There is a lack of common sense amongst pedestrians on this stretch of the highway and yes it is dangerous for anyone on this roadway, driver or pedestrian.

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oldguyonabike 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Right. Traffic moving too fast, left turns and right turns into obscure business accesses and no safe way for pedestrians to get across. All in all a dangerous corridor that needs improvement.

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tpeacock 3 months, 1 week ago

Both my youngest son and I can attest to the traffic in and out of businesses along that stretch. June 16, 2000 a car pulled out of All Rite Carpets, right in front of us as we travelled along at the speed limit, on my motorcycle, I don't buy into the 'm/c's are harder to see' theory, they are easy to see if you take the time to look. It's not the design of that stretch, it's people not paying the attention required when in control of a vehicle. Just as folks in cars pull out into traffic when they shouldn't, pedestrians do the same, whether it be a highway, a busy arterial, or side streets, many times without even looking. Again, I feel this is due to some sort of wrong way teaching that has led people to believe, because we are all taught the pedestrian has the right of way, as a pedestrian many feel no reason to bother with minor details such as making sure it's safe; drivers are just supposed to magically stop the second a pedestrian steps into the street.

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namvet60 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree that pedestrians are not considerate but the major problem that I have noticed is the color of clothing people wear when out walking or riding a bike. Light clothing with some reflective strips would be a great preventive to ending up in an ambulance.

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oldguyonabike 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Namvet, "Pedestrians are not considerate"? Do you mean on this road there is no consideration for pedestrians? I would agree with that. What inconsiderate act did the gentleman returning from church do when he was killed and drug down Poplar St. when a driver had the sun in his eyes? http://union-bulletin.com/news/2013/o...

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namvet60 3 months, 2 weeks ago

oldguyonabike - sorry if offended you but I'm also a walker and a bicyclist. Let me offer a couple of scenarios: your driving downtown and ready to proceed through a green light and have a small child charge out in the crosswalk in front of you. You are then blessed with an angry fist-pumping parent while they are retrieving there child. Pedestrian consideration? Also, you are driving down a street at 35 MPH after dark and all of a sudden a bicyclist appears within yards ahead of you wearing (dark clothing) with a small flashing red light tucked under the seat. Bicyclist consideration? Light clothing will make everyone more visible.

It is true that drivers are just as inconsiderate but this is a 3-way venture and to be as observant as one can be will make everyone safer and happier in the long run.

Have a Happy New Year.

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