Traffic Accident Claims the Life of 11-year-old Corvallis Girl

 On January 8, 11-year-old Rhianna Daniel was struck by a car at the notorious crosswalk at Chapman Place. She died of her injuries a day later.  

According to the Corvallis Police Department, Daniel was crossing the 1000 block of at 6:43 when she was hit by a southbound Nissan Leaf. The driver has been identified as Peter Eschwey of Corvallis, who is cooperating with the investigation.  

Daniel was rushed to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and was reported to be in critical condition the following morning. The CPD reports that she passed away late in the evening on January 9.  

A vigil had been planned prior to the official announcement of her death on Friday morning. Over the course of the day, flowers were left for Daniel at the scene of the accident, and a moment of silence was held in her memory at the girls basketball game at Crescent Valley High School.  

The intersection of 3rd and Chapman has been the site of multiple fatal accidents over the past two years, claiming the lives of Eric Austin in 2018 and Jeremy Gruver last October.   

On Friday, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson made a statement calling for increased safety measures at the intersection, echoing the feelings of many local pedestrians and bicyclists.  

The Oregon Department of Transportation has already made some improvements to the site, having recently painted green and white markings on the side of Highway 99W to improve visibility for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Further improvements they have planned include installing beacon lights at the four enhanced crosswalks on SW 3rd and redirecting the multi-use path away from the highway.    

By Brandon Urey