This morning the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) responded to what was first reported as a collision involving someone driving a car and someone walking; but upon arrival, they realized the driver had collided with a man riding a bike.
According to PPB Sergeant Peter Simpson, the collision happened this morning at around 6:59 am at 45th and Harney Drive in southeast Portland (near Errol Heights park and just north of the Springwater Corridor path). Sgt. Simpson says that 30-year-old Robert Downs was riding westbound on Harney and 27-year-old Patrick Jackson was driving his Subaru in the opposite direction and turned left to go north on 45th. As he completed the left turn, Jackson’s car struck Downs.
Downs was treated by EMTs at the scene and then transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
After an investigation (which is required in Portland when a vulnerable roadway user is taken away via ambulance), the PPB determined that Jackson had made an illegal left turn. He was given a citation for Dangerous Left Turn (ORS 811.350).