Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on February 4th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
*See updates below
Portland Police are investigating a crash resulting in potential life-threatening injuries to a person riding a bicycle near SW Multnomah Blvd and 51st Ave.
According to the PPB statement, the crash happened at about 2:21 pm at the 6000 block of SW Multnomah Blvd. Initial reports were that the collision was a hit and run, but officers discovered later that the motor vehicle operator that hit the bicycle rider then went through a fence and hit a house.
KATU-TV has more coverage from the scene. Here’s a video they shot…
Also check the KATU site for a photo of the car slammed into the side of the house.
*UPDATES: Here’s more from Todd Wyatt, Captain of the Traffic Division:
“The Driver told Crash Team investigators she looked to the rear seat of her car to attend to her dog. She then drove into the bike lane and off the right shoulder. She struck the rider, struck a parked car, drove through a fence on the right side of the roadway and then crashed into the side of a house.
AMR transported the bicyclist to OHSU on a Trauma Entry. He sustained life threatening injuries to include a head injury. Last information from OHSU listed the bicyclist in critical condition, but stable. It appeared the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet (no helmet found at the scene) while riding.
AMR transported the driver to OHSU for minor injuries (possible hand fracture). Crash Team officers responded to OHSU and contacted her there. The driver did not show any signs of intoxication or impairment. She cooperated with the investigation and consented to a blood draw.”
And here’s the latest update from PPB:
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as 63-year-old Candice Palmer… The person riding the bike has been identified as 20-year-old Reese Wilson.