EUGENE, Ore. -- A Portland minister with ties to Eugene was hit and killed crossing the street Friday afternoon while attending a ministry conference in Pendleton.
Trudy Bradley was crossing SW Court Place in Pendleton on her way to her hotel Friday afternoon when a 17-year-old driving a truck ran her over. Bradley was flown via air ambulance to OHSU where she was later pronounced dead from her injuries.
Charges have not been filed against the driver. However, detectives have opened up an investigation into the crash.
Trudy Bradley was a Children's Education Minister at the First Congregational Church in Portland. She also spent time at the First Christian Church in Eugene, where she used to be a member of the congregation.
Trudy's daughter, Heather Archer, said that her mother made a significant impact on people in both communities.
"We've had so many messages from people in the community... both in Portland and Eugene, saying how deeply touched they were by interacting with her." Eugene-resident Heather Archer said.
Dan Bryant, Senior Minister at First Christian, said his father was the pastor at Trudy Bradley's church in Portland. He added that the time Bradley spent at the church made her a part of his extended family.
"She felt a call to the ministry and decided to become ordained ... it was a great tragedy to learn of her death." Bryant said.
Heather said that while she finds it hard to find good in her mother's death, she wants to spread the message of love and forgiveness Trudy had in her life.
"Especially in this situation," Archer said."That is something that she would want people to know."
Archer said that she couldn't divulge the information police have shared with her about the crash because of the investigation. She did mention that the crash happened near a high school that there is typically a lot of congestion in the area. Police also said that crashes happen frequently in the area.