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Coverage of the SE Clinton Road Rage incident

Below are the archives of my special coverage of the road rage incident that occured on SE Clinton Street on August 17th, 2007.



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Road rager's insurance pays $100,000 to injured rider

Posted on June 19th, 2009 at 2:10 pm.

Ben Ramsdell in April.(Photo by Elly Blue)

The Oregonian reported earlier this week that Ben Ramsdell, the man who was seriously injured after being intentionally run down by Johnny Escwheiler on SE Clinton nearly two years ago, will receive a $100,000 from Eschweiler's insurance company.
Escwheiler -- who underwent a temporal lobotomy at age 25 -- was [...]

KGW gets road rage story wrong...again

Posted on April 10th, 2009 at 12:10 pm.

A story published online by KGW yesterday contains incorrect information about the SE Clinton Road Rage case that are leading some Portlanders to get the wrong idea about what happened.
These inaccuracies -- one of which they are making again, even after they changed it when I brought it to their attention in 2007 -- are [...]

Clinton Street road rager found guilty except for insanity

Posted on April 9th, 2009 at 4:05 pm.

Eschweiler in the courtroom today.(Photos © Elly Blue)

At the Multnomah County Courthouse today, Johnny Eschweiler waived his right to a trial by jury and was found guilty except for insanity on two counts of assault for using his motor vehicle as a weapon in an August, 2007 road rage incident.
Eschweiler was committed to the jurisdiction [...]

Clinton Street road rager expected to plead guilty on Friday (updated)

Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 12:35 pm.

The block of SE Clinton wherethe road rage incident occurred.(Photo © J. Maus)

Back in 2007, we covered the story of Johnny Eschweiler, the man who intentionally used his car to strike two men on bikes in a road rage incident on SE Clinton Street.
Shortly after the incident, victim Ben Ramsdell told BikePortland that he had [...]

Clinton Street road-rager pleads insanity to attempted murder, assault charges

Posted on August 26th, 2008 at 10:35 am.

The stretch of SE Clinton where the incident occurred.(Photo © J. Maus)

Johnny Eschweiler, the man who intentionally drove his car into Ben Ramsdell as he biked down SE Clinton Street nearly one year ago, has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Escweiler was initially charged with three counts of Assault in the [...]

Clinton Street road-rager now faces attempted murder charge

Posted on May 1st, 2008 at 11:17 am.

The stretch of SE Clinton where the collision occurred.(Photos © J. Maus)

Back in August, I reported on a disturbing road-rage case where Johnny Eschweiler intentionally ran down Ben Ramsdell while he rode his bike on Clinton Street in Southeast Portland (Eschweiler also ended up colliding with a second person on a bike, Timothy Mastne).
The collision [...]

KGW: Eschweiler freed on reduced bail

Posted on September 7th, 2007 at 8:06 am.

On their 11 o'clock newscast last night, KGW (who has been covering this case since the beginning) reported that the family of accused road rager Johnny Eschweiler has freed him on a reduced bail.
KGW reporter Scott Burton said that Eschweiler's attorney, "argued the (bail) amount (originally set at $500,000) was not only excessive but unconstitutional...and [...]

KGW corrects misleading part of road rage story

Posted on August 30th, 2007 at 3:10 pm.

A commenter just pointed out that, in response to concern from the community, KGW has published a correction in one of their stories about the road rage incident on SE Clinton Street on August 17th.
In two recent posts, I pointed out my concern that KGW's story was perpetuating the incorrect notion that cyclist Ben Ramsdell [...]

Road rage victim gets new bike from KGW viewer

Posted on August 28th, 2007 at 4:36 pm.

Timothy Mastne is featured ina KGW video. Click here to watch.

KGW reports that Timothy Mastne -- one of two victims of a road rage incident earlier this month -- got a new bike today.
KGW reporter Jane Smith says Mastne picked the bike up from River City Bicycles this morning. A Seattle couple wanted to [...]

No fix in sight for safety gap on SE Clinton

Posted on August 24th, 2007 at 11:42 am.

Looking west at the intersection of SE Clinton and SE 11th. This is where (I think) Ben Ramsdell and Johnny Eschweiler exchanged words.(Photos by Jonathan Maus)

As a popular route for cyclists coming from the Clinton Street bikeway to the riverfront and downtown, the stretch of SE Clinton, just west of SE 11th is currently [...]

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