By News-Register staff • 

Downtown crash victim dies

The crash occurred at Fourth and Evans Streets. Victim John Thomas Smith, 41, was transported by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center, then transferred to Emanuel with critical injuries.

 Police gave this account:

Smith, eastbound on Fourth, failed to heed the stop sign at Evans and ran into the loading platform of a Maletis Beverage delivery truck. The truck was legally parked on the south side of Fourth, in preparation for unloading.

Maletis Beverage is a Portland-based beer distributor.

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