Police: Man hit, killed by van on Hwy 126 after reportedly jumping in and out of traffic


UPDATE: The man hit and killed on Hwy 126 on January 31 has been identified as Michael Joseph Griffis, 48, from the Florence area, Oregon State Police said.

MAPLETON, Ore. - A man reported to be jumping in and out of traffic on Highway 126 was hit and killed by a commercial van Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police said.

The identity of the deceased man is not yet known, police said.

The driver of the van was not injured. He is cooperating with investigators, police said.

The investigation started at 1:25 p.m. January 31 with a report of a man jumping in and out of traffic on Hwy 126 about 3 miles west of Mapleton.

As troopers responded to the scene, another report came in that a van had hit a pedestrian in that area.

Troopers determined the man had died at the scene from his injuries.