Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the pedestrian hit and killed this morning on Seven Mile Lane was identified as Anna Dirkje Evan, 77, of Albany. The investigation reveals Evan was walking across the street from her house early this morning to get her newspaper, while it was still dark outside. She was in the middle of the road when she was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling eastbound. Evan died immediately at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle, Alpha Mathews, 24, of Albany, was driving to work in his 2012 Dodge Ram pick-up when he struck Evan. Mathews has been cooperative with the investigation. At this time there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.
This is an unfortunate incident for all involved and deputies are still investigating the factors involved in the crash.