A crash that claimed the life of a Pasco, Wash., man on Wednesday also left 3,217 Umatilla Electric Cooperative customers without power for 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Cory Melvin Savage, 35, died after crashing his 2008 Toyota Tundra into a power pole at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on westbound Interstate 84 near Milepost 166 in Morrow County.

Prior to hitting the power pole, Savage had rear-ended a 2011 Chevrolet van while traveling east on Highway 730 about a quarter mile from Interstate 84, said Oregon State Police Trooper Mark Amos.

No one was injured in the crash on Highway 730, Amos said.

Police said Savage fled the scene and continued west onto the interstate. 

No one was pursuing Savage when he left the scene of the hit and run, according to police.

Witnesses told state police the pickup passed a semi-trailer and came back to the right lane. Savage tried to get off the road, hit the shoulder, rolled more than once and slid into the power pole with the driver’s side door, Amos said. 

The front passenger’s side tire and wheel were damaged from the crash on Highway 730.

Savage was pronounced dead on the scene, Amos said. 

The pole held a 115-kilovolt transmission line; the cooperative restored power at 3:04 p.m., according to a cooperative press release.


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