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Police: Two people injured after motorcycle struck pedestrian

Police say the pedestrian involved in the crash was under the influence when he crossed the street outside of a marked crosswalk. (SBG photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A man is in the hospital after he was struck by a motorcycle while crossing Beltline Road Saturday night, police said.

The Springfield Police Department and Eugene Springfield Fire responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the eastbound lanes of Beltline Road, east of Gateway Street, around 11:02 p.m.

Police say 55-year-old Kevin Richard Snedker was riding 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle eastbound on Beltline when he struck a pedestrian walking in his lane.

Police say the pedestrian was crossing Beltline Road from the north to the south approximately 30 yards east of the nearest crosswalk.

Snedker sustained minor injuries. Investigators say alcohol was not a factor on Snedker’s part.

The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man, was transported by medics to RiverBend Hospital. He is listed in stable condition as of 7:31 a.m. Sunday. Police say alcohol appears to be a factor on the pedestrian’s part.

The Springfield Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or anyone with additional information should call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.

Police say the pedestrian was crossing Beltline Road from the north to the south approximately 30 yards east of the nearest crosswalk.

Snedker sustained minor injuries, but was able to walk away from the accident. His motorcycle sustained significant damage. Investigators say alcohol was not a factor on Snedker’s part.

The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man, was transported by medics to RiverBend Hospital. He is listed in stable condition as of 7:31 a.m. Sunday. Police say alcohol appears to be a factor on the pedestrian’s part.

Officials say if you’re walking home after a few drinks, you still need a plan to get home safely.

“Obviously, if you’re going to be drinking, you need to make a pre-plan to get home safely and to have somebody with you so that you can get home safely,” said Sgt. Jeff Martin from the Springfield Police Department.

Martin expects the pedestrian will be cited with crossing the street without using the crosswalk.

The Springfield Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or anyone with additional information should call the Springfield Police Department at 541-726-3714.

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