Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on October 28th, 2008 at 2:52 pm
The Oregonian has the story (emphasis mine):
A 21-year-old bicyclist was hospitalized early this morning after colliding with a pickup truck passing through an intersection, authorities said.
The 7:05 a.m. crash affected rush-hour traffic for three hours. Authorities did not release the identities of the cyclist or driver.
The cyclist suffered injuries to his head and legs and was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, said Lt. Michael Rouches, spokesman for the Hillsboro Police Department.
The 57-year-old driver of a Ford Ranger pickup was headed south on Southwest 205th Avenue at about 35 mph when he entered the intersection of Northwest Quatama Road on a green light, Rouches said. The westbound cyclist entered the intersection on a red light and didn’t have a light on his bicycle, Rouches said. The cyclist also was wearing dark clothing, had no helmet and was wearing headphones.
Rouches said the cyclist was carrying a book bag, leading police to believe he may have been headed to a nearby MAX station, which could take him to colleges in the area.
The driver of the pickup was not injured, Rouches said. There were no indications that drugs or alcohol was involved, and no one has been cited, Rouches added.
[Update: I just noticed a KATU story on this incident with the headline, Cyclist runs red light, gets severely hurt in collision with pickup. Not surprisingly, the comments to that story are quite heated.]