Fatal hit-and-run vehicle recovered; victim identified

The vehicle associated with the hit-and-run death of an adult male on Durham Lane near Highway 18, about one mile west of McMinnville, has been identified and seized by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office.

The deceased male, who was believed to have been struck and killed on Saturday, November 7th, has been identified as Ricardo Morales Avila, 56, of Salem, according to Capt. Chris Ray. He was employed as a groundskeeper at a business near the location where he was found.

The sheriff's office expressed its appreciation to members of the public who provided tips and information to assist in the investigation of this case.  

That investigation by the Yamhill County Multi-Agency Traffic Team is continuing and additional information is not being released at this time.



This is so sad. My heart goes out to the family of this hardworking man.


I wonder why you have never released the name of the person driving the vehicle that hit and killed this hard working man.


Has someone been arrested for running this man down and leaving him in the ditch?

Paul Daquilante

sisinmac / rosebloomer . . .

The driver's name has not been released by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office. An arrest has not been made.

Paul Daquilante/reporter

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