Walnut Boulevard fatality

A two-vehicle collision shut down Northwest Walnut Boulevard south of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Friday afternoon. A Philomath man was killed in the wreck.

A 75-year-old Philomath man died Friday in a head-on collision on Walnut Boulevard near Corvallis, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Douglas Lee Stewart died at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center following the wreck.

Bradford J. Hickswa, 28, of Corvallis, was driving a Pontiac Grand Am northbound on Walnut Boulevard just outside the city limits near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. At about 12:30 p.m., the Pontiac veered across the center line and struck the 2010 Ford Escape that Stewart was driving.

Hickswa was taken to the hospital in serious condition, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Investigators are unsure what caused the Pontiac to veer out of its lane. An investigation of the crash is continuing, but it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Investigators closed Walnut Boulevard between Northwest Harrison Boulevard and the park for four hours while crash investigators processed the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Deputy Brent Iverson at 541-766-6858.

Since July 31, the Benton County Sheriff's Office has investigated four crashes that resulted in five deaths, Undersheriff Greg Ridler said.

“This abnormal amount of fatal crashes are not attributable to a single cause, but the Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to concentrate and focus on driving safely and without distractions," Ridler said.

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