[Updated 8/28/09: The Portland Mercury is reporting that the victim was 52 year old James Earl Wagner. The Mercury also has photos of the intersection where the crash occurred, and commentary on the difficulty of walking and biking there.]
The Portland Police report that this morning at about 2:15 am, a 52-year old man was killed after being struck by someone driving a car. The incident occurred around NE 122nd and Fremont. The motor vehicle involved in the collision left the scene.
Here’s more from the police:
The Major Crash Team responded to investigate and believe this was a hit and run incident. It appears that the bicyclist was riding Northbound on 122nd when he was struck and killed. No vehicle description is being released at this time. The name of the deceased is being withheld until family members can be notified.
There is an investigation underway and anyone who witnessed the crash or has more information about the incident should call the Portland Police at (503) 823-3333.
This is the third fatal bike crash in Portland in 2009. In April, Cary Bernick was killed while attempting to cross NE Weidler at 106th. In May, the operator of a car struck and killed Sandy Bass Jr. as he attempted to cross NE Prescott at 57th.