- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say an Oregon State Police trooper struck a 30-year-old woman walking in the crosswalk in Astoria.

The Daily Astorian reports (https://bit.ly/1vUc3yb ) trooper James O’Conner struck Melissa White of Astoria on Friday while making a left turn in his Chevrolet pickup patrol truck. White sustained minor injuries.

O’Conner said he was distracted by watching a bicyclist on another side of the road, trying to determine the bicyclist’s intentions, when he struck the woman.

Astoria Police said O’Conner saw White before the collision, but was unable to stop in time. He called the incident into dispatch.

Astoria Police Chief Deputy Brad Johnston said such accidents happen occasionally because officers “have a lot of distractions on the dash.”

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