Saturday, February 17, 2007

RVer totals patrol vehicle

Karl McDermed’s motor home strikes officer’s car while officer was aiding motorist with flat tire on I-84 westbound.

Law enforcement officials are calling it an accident that underscores the importance of being aware of emergency vehicles — and a law designed to protect those behind the wheel.

Multnomah County, Oregon, sheriff’s deputy Ken Yohe, 37, of Sherwood, stopped at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, to help a motorist with a flat tire on westbound Interstate 84 about 3 miles west of Multnomah Falls. Nearly 40 minutes later, a 40-foot motor home driven by Karl Lee McDermed, 66, of Sandy, struck Yohe’s vehicle, said Lt. Jason Gates, a sheriff’s spokesman.
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