Former second district U.S. Rep. Bob Smith (R-Ore.) struck and killed a pedestrian while driving yesterday in Medford, according to the Mail Tribune.
Here's what the paper reported:
Smith, 84, of Medford, was driving his 2015 Acura MDX northbound on King Street at about 8:35 a.m. when he made a left turn onto Stewart Avenue, striking a pedestrian in the crosswalk, Medford police said. The pedestrian, 58-year-old Jerry Mark Hughes of Medford, died at the scene, police said. Hughes had been walking south on King Street and crossing Stewart Avenue when he was struck, police said.
Smith waited for police at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. Smith was not under the influence of intoxicants, police said.
Smith may no longer be a household name in Oregon, but in his prime the former Burns rancher was one of the state's most powerful politicians.
He served as speaker of the Oregon House in the 1969 and 1971 sessions. He won election to Congress in 1982 and served through 1995. When his successor, former U.S. Rep. Wes Cooley (R-Ore.), resigned after admitting he'd falsified his military history, Smith returned to Congress for the 1997 session, chairing the House Agriculture Committee.
Smith retired from Congress in 1999 and was replaced by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.).