By Joyce Hensley
HERMISTON A 49-year-old Hermiston man was struck and killed by an automobile at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening as he walked along West Highland Avenue.
James Steinbeck, 1655 W. Highland Ave., was going to Gotta-Stop for milk when the tragedy occurred, according to his father, J.D. Steinbeck.
Steinbeck had lived with his father and mother, Aretha Steinbeck. They moved to the area in 1971.
"That car came banging down the road and just run over him," J.D. Steinbeck said. "He lived for five or six hours. They were flying him to Portland when he died. It has hit us awful bad. It couldn't be helped."
Hermiston Fire and Rescue ambulance crew transported the victim to Good Shepherd Medical Center with multiple injuries, including a skull fracture. He was then transferred to a helicopter for a flight to a Portland hospital.
He died in route to Portland.
The accident is under investigation by the Hermiston Police Department and Oregon State Police. Law enforcement officers would not release the name of the driver of the vehicle that struck Steinbeck.
(For the full story, please see the Nov. 5, 2002, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)