Delivery driver killed in weather related accident

On 02/22/2018 at 9:36 a.m. The Astoria Fire Department, Medix Ambulance and Astoria Police were dispatched to 12th and Kensington for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash.  On arrival it was determined that a delivery driver had attempted to climb a hilly section of 12th Street near Kensington with their delivery vehicle.  Due to the road being covered in snow and ice, the vehicle was not able to make it to the top of the street and began to slide backwards down the hill. At some point the vehicle was stopped on the hill and the driver exited the vehicle to apply salt.  While the driver was outside the vehicle, the vehicle, which was left in gear rolled on top of the driver who was pinned underneath and reportedly unresponsive.  Astoria Fire and Medix attended to the victim while also working to lift the vehicle off.  Despite these efforts, the victim died at the scene.  At this time the name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Update from earlier press release on the weather-related fatality from 9:30 am, today’s date.

Now that the next of kin have been notified, we are releasing the name of the deceased:

Debra Kay Burnett,  09/02/1967

Resident of Astoria

Debra was a delivery driver for the Oregonian and was on her route delivering newspapers just prior to the unfortunate accident