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Vale woman’s death ruled an accident

VALE – Shoulder to shoulder, parishioners lined every pew at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Vale on a Friday in January to mourn Marcelina Flores Piedra.

Flores Piedra, 58, was found Jan. 21 pinned underneath the passenger side door of her vehicle. The death was ruled an accident, according to the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies received a call at about 8 p.m. the evening of Flores Piedra’s death. They found a vehicle off the road at Clark Boulevard and Onion Avenue. It had just left the roadway and was stopped on an embankment. Attempts to revive Piedra were unsuccessful.

An investigation by several law enforcement agencies revealed that the vehicle, a 2002 maroon Dodge Stratus owned by the victim, was not fully engaged in park.

“It was believed the vehicle was in park,” said Malheur County . . .