Crash victims ask public for help

Two crashes involving bicycles have come across my desk in the past few days. People involved in both the crashes have asked for the public’s help in tracking down the suspects.

Luckily, she wasn’t riding the bike when the person ran into it.

The first one happened Friday night on the corner of SE Hawthorne and 49th. Portlander Matt B. and his girlfriend (in photo above) had parked their bikes out the Tanker Bar and had just walked away from them when the collision occurred. Matt says, “A pickup truck came around the corner, fishtailed, ran into the bikes, backed up and took off.” Fortunately no one was hurt. They’ve filed a police report and are on the look out for a 1960s-70s pickup with a red body and a white hood top. Matt also posted some images and a call for help on Craigslist. If you saw this incident and/or have information about the truck, call (503) 823-4800 and leave a message for Officer Joseph Cook or call Matt at (702) 523-9335.

I was also contacted by a local law office looking for witnesses to a crash that occurred on July 20th. Here are the details (emphasis mine):

“Our client was riding his bicycle near the intersection of NW 25th & NW Vaughan, when he was struck by a driver who was talking on her cell phone, and she was not aware that she hit him. Apparently, she dragged him a few feet after hitting him. She took him to Legacy Good Samaritan and his bike was stolen while he was treating at the hospital. She was driving an Acura SUV. Unfortunately, nobody called the police, so there was no police report made. If anybody in the community witnessed this accident, please call Emily at (503) 222-6333.”

If you have information on either of these incidents, please call the numbers above.

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