(Photos: Oregon State Police)
A man was seriously injured after he was struck from behind while bicycling on Highway 101 yesterday. The collision occurred at around 11:25 a.m. just north of the Coos/Curry County line.
Oregon State Police say that 52 year old Marcellus Tijdink from the Netherlands, was biking southbound on the shoulder of the highway near milepost 285 when he was struck by 62-year old Bethany Peck, who was driving a Toyota 4-Runner. The OSP reported this morning that Tijdink remains in the hospital and that “he is alert and his condition is improving.”
Here’s more from the OSP statement:
According to Sergeant John Keeler, on July 25, 2012 at approximately 11:25 a.m. a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner driven by BETHANY A. PECK, age 62, from Langlois, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 285 when it struck a bicyclist along the southbound shoulder. The bicyclist, MARCELLUS TIJDINK, age 52, from Netherlands, was transported by Bay City Ambulance to Bay City Hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. He was traveling alone and was not wearing a protective helmet.
The OSP also says that Ms. Peck’s husband William, age 63, came onto the scene and “was visibly impaired.” Mr. Peck was subsequently arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.
Ms. Peck has not been cited or charged with anything at this time, and the Coos County District Attorney’s Office is continuing an investigation into the cause of the collision.
19 days ago a woman was seriously injured while bicycling in the shoulder of Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.
Stay tuned for updates.