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Pedestrian dies after being struck by delivery truck -- UPDATE - 12/06/23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: December 3, 2023


Pedestrian dies after being struck by delivery truck

Witness to collision sought

Update 12/06/2023 | 3:00 p.m.

The Salem Police Traffic Team continues their investigation of the fatal collision on Cordon Road in southeast Salem on Saturday evening. 

Investigators request to speak with a witness to the incident. A motorist, described as driving an unknown model Jeep vehicle, was traveling southbound on Cordon RD at the time of the crash. Investigators believe the witness will have additional information helpful to the investigation.

The witness driver is asked to contact the Traffic Team at 503-588-6293 and reference case number 23‑72055.

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Originally published 12/05/2023 | 6:00 p.m.

Salem, Ore. — A man was struck and killed by a delivery truck Saturday evening on Cordon RD SE. 

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on December 2, the driver of a delivery van reported he had struck what he believed to be a pedestrian while traveling northbound on Cordon RD SE just south of the HW22E overpass. Salem Police personnel arrived on scene and located a deceased man off the west shoulder of the roadway. 

The preliminary investigation by the Salem Police Traffic Team shows the decedent, Kiristian Murauo, age 23, was attempting to cross Cordon RD when he was struck by the delivery van in the north-bound vehicle lane of travel. No lawful pedestrian crossing, or overhead street lighting exists in the area of the crash location.

The driver, Justin Rodriguez, age 35, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

North and southbound travel on Cordon RD at the overpass was interrupted for approximately three hours for investigation and clearing of the scene. 

No arrest has occurred, or citation issued as the collision remains under investigation. No other information is available for release.

To date in 2023, the Salem Police Department has investigated 12 fatal collisions, resulting in 13 deaths.

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Suspects in string of armed robberies arrested, guns seized - 12/05/23

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DATE: December 5, 2023


Suspects in string of armed robberies arrested, guns seized

Salem, Ore. — Two suspects in a string of armed robberies in the Salem area were arrested yesterday, December 4, without incident in an interagency operation by the Salem Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) with assistance from Oregon State Police (OSP).

Over a three-week period beginning on November 17, a series of armed robberies occurred at six businesses. In each incident, the suspects brandished guns at employees and demanded money. Four of the robberies occurred in the Salem city limits and two robberies were committed at locations outside the city boundaries and within MCSO jurisdiction. 

Detectives from the Salem Police Violent Crimes Unit worked with MCSO investigators to identify the suspects. And in a coordinated effort on Monday, Salem Police, MCSO and OSP SWAT teams served simultaneous search warrants at three different locations in Salem which resulted in the arrest of Nestor Gabriel Hernandez-Juarez, age 19 of Salem, and a 17-year-old juvenile. As a result of the warrant service, detectives located evidence connected to the crimes to include three handguns, two which were used in the commission of the robberies. 

Hernandez-Juarez was lodged at the Marion County Jail and is due to be arraigned at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex today on the following charges:

  • Robbery, first degree, four counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon, four counts
  • Menacing, four counts

The juvenile was lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Department on the following allegations:

  • Robbery, first degree, six counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon, six counts
  • Menacing, six counts

The Salem Police Department does not identify minors involved in criminal investigations. 

No further information is available for release as the case remains under investigation.

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Salem Police Station lobby closed due to death investigation - 11/11/23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: November 11, 2023

Salem Police Station lobby closed due to death investigation

Due to tragic circumstances which occurred this afternoon at the Salem Police Department, the station lobby is closed until Monday morning, November 13, at 8:00 a.m.

Today at approximately 1:00 p.m., a man entered the vestibule of the police station, removed a shotgun from the bag he carried, and took his own life. Officers arrived moments later to find the man, age 80, dead from the gunshot wound. In instances of suicide, the name of the victim is not typically released.

Because of the unfortunate circumstances, the police station lobby, located at 333 Division ST NE, will be closed while the incident is investigated.

During the lobby closure, residents may still access police services in the following manner:

  • To file a police report, call 503-588-6123, select option 1.
  • For vehicle releases, call 503-588-6144, select option 9. Please call ahead to minimize delays in response.
  • For police records services, use the convenient online City of Salem Public Records Portal.

As always, if you need emergency services, please call 9-1-1.

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