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Police identify person killed in hit-and-run on I-84 near The Dalles

An Oregon State Police trooper found the pedestrian dead on the westbound lanes of the interstate, west of Biggs Junction.
Credit: Oregon State Police

BIGGS JUNCTION, Ore. — A pedestrian was hit and killed by a driver on Interstate 84 just east of The Dalles early Friday morning.

Around 9 a.m. on Aug. 19, an Oregon State Police trooper found the pedestrian dead on the westbound lanes of the interstate near milepost 89. According to a preliminary investigation, a driver hit the pedestrian sometime between 4 a.m. to 5:20 a.m. Troopers located a vehicle in the area belonging to the pedestrian.

A stretch of westbound I-84, about eight miles west of Biggs Junction, was closed for several hours while police investigated. The interstate has since reopened.

On Saturday, OSP identified the pedestrian as 43-year-old Jennifer Johnston of Wellpinit, Wash. The agency has also released a photo of Johnston's car where it was found parked along the shoulder of I-84.

OSP asks anyone who may have witnessed the hit-and-run crash, or anyone who traveled through the area and hit what they thought could be an animal, to call 1-800-442-0776 and reference case number SP22-217109.

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