Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon reports last night, July 21, at 4:32 p.m., his deputies responded to a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of NW First Avenue and NW Beech Street in Scio. The caller reported a young child was struck while riding a bike.
The investigation revealed a 2001 GMC Sierra pickup, operated by Stefani Nightingale, 18, of Scio, was traveling west on NW First Avenue when the child rode into the intersection at NW Beech. Vehicle speed, driver distraction and driver impairment were not factors in this tragic crash. Scio medics and deputies responded to the scene where the child was pronounced deceased. The operator of the pickup is being fully cooperative.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Scio Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department and Lebanon Police Department. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information related to the investigation is encouraged to call Detective Steve Frambes at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (541-967-3950).