Man hit by van, in critical condition

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. -- A Fall Creek man was seriously injured after he was hit by a van Saturday afternoon while walking toward a car parked in the middle of a Pleasant Hill Road, State Police said.

The incident started at just after 3:30 P.M. Saturday when a Cadillac SUV stopped in the southbound lane of Parkway Road (south of the Wheeler Rd. intersection), waiting to turn left into a driveway, police said.

Witnesses told officials that a Dodge Neon was stopped behind the SUV, honking its horn repeatedly.

Officials said that the victim, a passenger in the Cadillac later identified as Alejandro Perez, 35 from Fall Creek, got out of the SUV and started walking toward the Dodge. 

Attempting to drive around the parked SUV and approaching Perez, the car pulled out into the opposite lane; directly in front of a northbound Volkswagen van, police said.

The driver of the van, Timothy Jarvis, 36 of Eugene, steered in between the Dodge and Cadillac and could not avoid hitting Perez.

An ambulance took Perez to Sacred Heart at Riverbend where he was listed as in critical condition. He is expected to survive his injuries.

Troopers from the Springfield Area Command are conducting an investigation into the incident.

Emergency responders closed the highway for about a half hour while they worked the scene.