Pedestrian killed near Ridgefield

Man stumbles into Interstate 5 traffic, troopers say

By Craig Brown, Columbian Managing Editor

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A 51-year old Vancouver man was killed late Saturday when he stumbled into southbound traffic on Interstate 5.

The Washington State Patrol said Valentin Reyes-Guitierrez died at the scene of the accident, which was reported at 10:27 p.m.

Troopers said the investigation showed he had been walking along the southbound freeway when he stumbled into the path of a silver Mercedes SUV driven by Robert E. Burris, 53, of Hillsboro, Ore. Burris was driving in the right lane. Neither he nor a passenger were reported injured.

Troopers believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in causing Reyes-Guitierrez to stumble.