Women remain hospitalized following Highway 101 collision

Posted on October 5th, 2011 at 3:56 pm.

Approximate location of collision
via Google Streetview.

The two Canadian women involved in a collision Monday on Highway 101 north of Gold Beach remain hospitalized at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield (near Eugene) today.

30 year old Martha McClean remains in the Intensive Care Unit. That’s all I was able to find out about her condition after a call to the hospital today. McClean’s riding partner, 26-year-old Essya Mabrouka Nabbali, is listed in fair condition and one of her nurses told me she’s “stable” and “coming along.” The nurse also said Nabbali’s family is by her side.


Collision on Hwy 101 north of Gold Beach leads to serious injuries – UPDATED

Posted on October 4th, 2011 at 10:38 am.

Approximate location of collision.

Another collision on Highway 101, this time involving two people who were riding about 11 miles north of Gold Beach.

According to the Oregon State Police (OSP) at about 12:55 pm yesterday, a PT Cruiser driven by a 61-year-old man was southbound on 101 traveling over Ophir Dike when it “struck two bicyclists riding on the southbound shoulder.”


76-year old racer Clark Henry seriously injured in Beaverton collision – Updated

Posted on August 20th, 2011 at 11:47 pm.

Clark Henry at the 2010 OBRA
Awards Banquet.
(Photo © J. Maus)

76-year old Clark Henry, a member of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association and the oldest active racer in the state, was hit and seriously injured while bicycling in a bike lane in Beaverton this morning at around 8:00 am.

According to the Beaverton Police Department, Henry was riding westbound through the intersection of SW Allen and and SW Western (map) when a person driving a mini-van eastbound turned left in front of him. Henry suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung and is still in the hospital in stable condition.


Cycle track coming soon to site of fatal hit-and-run

Posted on August 15th, 2011 at 10:51 am.

View of SE Division where a fatal collision occurred last week. Note SE 87th in the upper left hand corner.


Fatality on Highway 101 when logging truck, bike collide – Updated

Posted on August 4th, 2011 at 2:14 pm.

Photo from the scene.
(Photo: Oregon State Police)

Just before noon today, 81 year old Dale Beacock of Vancouver, Washington died while bicycling on Highway 101 north of Garibaldi. Beacock collided with a logging truck.

According to the Oregon State Police, the crash happened around 11:50 am. A truck pulling a loaded log trailer struck Beacock when, “for an unknown reason” Beacock’s bicycle “swerved in to the southbound lane and collided with the rear of the pole trailer as it was traveling past.” Beacock’s son was riding several yards behind him and was uninjured.

The crash happened near milepost 54, which is right near Barview Jetty Park, a popular picnic area and campsite just outside of Garibaldi.


Man dies in bike/truck crash on West Union near North Plains – Updated

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 at 10:31 pm.

(Photo: Wash. Co. Sheriff)

A crash between a someone operating a pick-up truck and three people riding bikes on a rural road in Washington County resulted in life-threatening injuries. The crash happened at about 9:00 pm on Wednesday night.

According to news reports, the collision took place on NW West Union Road about 1/2 mile east of the intersection with Jackson Quarry Road (map) just after 9:00 pm. A pick-up was heading westbound prior to the collision. Two of the people riding bikes, one man and one woman, are suffering life-threatening injuries.


Guest Article: Karl Moritz tells his story; from crash to recovery

Posted on May 31st, 2011 at 11:33 am.

Publisher’s note: Back in July 2010, southeast Portland resident Karl Moritz suffered a harrowing crash while riding through Ladd’s Addition. It remains unclear what happened in the seconds before Karl collided head-on with a car traveling in the opposition direction; but what is clear is that the crash changed his life forever. Karl sustained many severe injuries and was in a coma for three weeks.

Many people have written to us wondering what happened to Karl. We’ve kept in touch with his wife Staci, who tells us that his recovery is, “coming along well.” “The support we felt from the biking community last summer was truly amazing,” she wrote via email a few days ago. Staci also wanted to share Karl’s story, written by Karl himself. “Writing the update for your blog was important to his recovery, emotionally and psychologically,” Staci wrote us, “He worked really hard on it.”

Read Karl’s story below…


Police make arrest in fatal Molalla hit-and-run – Updated

Posted on April 8th, 2011 at 3:08 pm.

Jacob Croall booking photo

Police arrested a 26-year old man this morning on charges related to the fatal hit-and-run crash on Highway 211 west of Molalla that occurred on March 22nd.

Jacob Croall turned himself in and was arrested at the office of his attorney in east Portland at 10:00 am this morning and he has been transported to the Clackamas County Jail. According to a statement by the Oregon State Police Croall has been charged with; Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver To Injured Persons (a Class B felony), and Tampering with Evidence (a Class A misdemeanor).


State Police searching for suspect in Molalla hit and run

Posted on March 23rd, 2011 at 8:58 am.

The scene on Highway 211 following a hit and run yesterday.
(Photo: Oregon State Police)

The Oregon State Police continue their investigation this morning into a hit and run crash that occurred yesterday about 3:30 pm.

According to the OSP, 67-year old Thomas Mossman was riding his bike westbound on Highway 211 (just west of Palmer Road, map) when he was struck by a motor vehicle. The OSP say Mossman was reportedly riding to a friend’s house that was on the south side of the highway about 50 yards from the crash scene. He was flown to OHSU and remains in intensive care with critical injuries.


Beaverton fatality follow-up: A conversation with police spokesman

Posted on February 15th, 2011 at 11:33 am.

“Given the circumstances, it seems like issuing a citation would probably not stand up in court. Any person could go in and say, ‘It’s dark, rainy, there’s this little red light in the road’. I think any judge would toss that citation out’.”
— Det. Sgt. Jim Shumway, Beaverton Police Department

The community is trying to understand what happened in Saturday’s fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of 47-year old Bret Lewis. In the meantime, Police investigators work on their investigation, advocates have swung into action, and family and friends grieve at the senseless loss of life.

As I mentioned in my initial report, the police statement about the crash seemed (to me at least) to go out of its way to absolve the motor vehicle operator (now identified as 48-year old James Nguyen of Beaverton) of any wrongdoing. Mr. Nguyen didn’t intend to kill anyone Saturday night; but as a vehicle operator, he has an important legal (and moral) responsibility to use enough care and caution so as to not hit another person who is operating their vehicle legally (which it seems like Lewis was doing) on the same road.

To learn more about the crash and about concerns with how it was framed by police, I had a conversation yesterday with Beaverton Police Department Detective Sergeant Jim Shumway. Sgt. Shumway is the Public Information Officer who wrote the press statement about this crash.