Willamina man struck and killed on Highway 18
Devin Lee Cavan graduated from Willamina High School in 2010
SHERIDAN — Devin Lee Cavan, 21, of Willamina was struck and killed by a passenger vehicle early Sunday morning on Highway 18 about three miles west of Sheridan in Polk County, according to the Oregon State Police.
Cavan, a 2010 Willamina High School graduate, was identified through fingerprints because he was carrying no identification. He was carrying a broken cell phone and a flyer for a mixed martial arts event held Saturday night at Willamina High. The event was a fundraiser for athletics at Willamina schools.
Lt. Eric Davenport of the OSP McMinnville office gave this account:
At about 2 a.m., the OSP Northern Command Dispatch Center was contacted by the Yamhill Communications Agency that it had received two reports of a man jumping out in front of traffic and acting erratically at milepost 30 - west of Harmony Road.
One of the reports indicated the man was throwing rocks at vehicles, and he had jumped on the hood of a vehicle and pounded on its door after it stopped.
No OSP troopers were on duty at the time of those reports.
About 20 minutes later, OSP dispatch was notified the man had been struck by a passenger vehicle in the area. Sheridan Fire District medical personnel responded and pronounced him dead.
Linda Coyle, 58, of McMinnville was driving the vehicle that struck the man. She remained at the scene, was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation, troopers said.
In addition to the OSP, the Yamhill and Polk County sheriff's offices, the Polk County District Attorney's office and Medical Examiner's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation also responded to the scene.
Highway 18 was closed for about two hours.
See Tuesday's print edition for additional details.