Troopers ID man killed by hit-and-run driver in Sandy
SANDY, Ore. – A man was hit and killed Tuesday night along Highway 26 in Sandy, and police are looking for the driver who left the scene after the crash.
Oregon State Police identified the man Wednesday as 61-year-old Jay Bradshaw of Sandy.
Troopers arrived at the crash scene to find Bradshaw on the shoulder of the westbound lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I just can't believe this happened. ... Man, we were just talking about going fishing," said Phillip Holm, who was best friends with Bradshaw.
Bradshaw and Holm lived in a mobile home park three miles east of the crash site.
Holm says Bradshaw was just weeks away from leaving the area on a long-planned trip after saving money from his job working at the Mt. Hood Meadows ski area.
"Why would somebody be that stupid and not stop for running someone over, you know," said Holm. "You didn't do a crime. It was an accident, the way I would see it, until proven otherwise ... which I hope they do. I hope this guy gives himself up."
People who drive that section of Highway 26 said the weather Tuesday night was dry and clear along the roadway, but added that too many people drive too fast down that part of the highway.
"They drive crazy," said Montana Nielson, who works in Sandy. "They're always haulin' -- going fast. Don't pay attention. I mean state troopers and Clackamas County patrol it as much as possible and try and help out, but they just go fast."
No initial word on what type of vehicle he was struck by or where the driver was headed.
Bradshaw leaves behind a son and a daughter and was one of three siblings, including his older brother, Ted Bradshaw, who lives in Arizona. He was devastated to get the news.
"A dear brother and a good guy just a hardworking family man who got his life taken away from him. No reason," Ted said.
As his family comes to grips with the loss, Ted pleaded to Oregon drivers to be on the lookout for a vehicle with damage that may have been involved in the incident.
"He was just a good guy. I don’t know what other to say. I love my brother," Ted said.
If you have any helpful information, call police at (503) 375-3555.