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Six days after man dies crossing SE Chavez, his ghost bike memorial is mangled too (UPDATED)

Posted by on June 2nd, 2015 at 11:37 am

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(Photo: Josh Chernoff)

The white bicycle memorial to recent Reed College graduate Mark Angeles, 22, was wrecked late Monday or early Tuesday, apparently by the wheel of a motor vehicle.

The collision tore through the flower bouquets that had been piled on the bicycle at the corner of Southeast Gladstone Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard, leaving piles of stems and pedals behind.

Photos after the collision were shared by Josh Chernoff on his Twitter feed Tuesday morning. Chernoff said he lives next door.

“It would’ve been somebody going south on 39th and turning east on the Gladstone crossing over oncoming traffic,” Chernoff wrote in response to our questions. “I hate to say but it looks intentional. … It’s kind of hard to tell.”

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Mark Angeles
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According to the City of Portland’s online map of traffic injuries, that intersection saw 30 reported traffic injuries between 2004 and 2013: 19 of people driving, including one serious injury; five of people biking, including one serious injury; and six of people walking, including one serious injury.

The death of Angeles was one in a string of bike-related collisions that have led Mayor Charlie Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick to organize a meeting and press conference on the subject this afternoon.

In February the city transportation department announced a plan, known as Vision Zero, to set a date for the elimination of traffic deaths and major injuries.

That action has been driven by Transportation Director Leah Treat and signed off on by her elected supervisors, but neither Hales or Novick has announced any coordinated effort that would include other city bureaus.

Update 7:40 p.m.: In the comments below, Chernoff adds:

I talked to the worker at Plaid Pantry and he told me it was a truck turning off of gladstone on to 39th. He does not think it was intentional.

Sorry for the assumption. It was difficult to assess because of the direction the wheel and handle bars bent would have implied it was coming from the opposite direction. Regardless its still carelessness and its coming at the cost of our communities. Even more that was my bike and so I am a bit emotionally attached and its hard not to be angry.

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ethan
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ethan

Apparently it’s not enough to kill someone and mangle their bike. People feel the need to mangle their ghost bike and destroy their memorial as well 🙁

Mark Allyn
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If this could be construed at all as a dessecretion of a grave, perhaps the person(s) could get up to 5 years in prison

9watts
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9watts

Maybe the person who drove over this memorial couldn’t see it because the sun was in her eyes.

Josh Chernoff
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Josh Chernoff

Call it a lack of empathy or call it an act of hostility or just plain stupidity, how ever you decide to reflect on this event know that this highlights just how disconnected our community is becoming.
This cant be called progress.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

I’m amazed at how many motorists cars and the road like toys. These things are weapons people. Others don’t like how you play.

Alan 1.0
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Alan 1.0

“It would’ve been somebody going south on 39th and turning east on the Gladstone crossing over oncoming traffic,” – Chernoff

The ghost bike was on the northeast corner, no? Seems to me the most likely way to do a side-swipe like that is by turning from westbound Gladstone onto northbound Chavez. If it was hit as Chernoff describes, it would have to be intentional. Or am I not envisioning it right?

Reprehensible. Even in a “best case” scenario where someone did it unintentionally, say by dragging a trailer too close on the inside of the turn, it’s the same general negligence in driving that kills people.

oliver
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oliver

Imagine the outrage there would be if someone intentionally drove over one of those crosses people put up alongside the roads everywhere.

People would be calling for heads on pikes.

Mike Neal
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Mike Neal

Do they have cameras at this intersection? Cause if they don’t, they should.

Joe
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Joe

totally disrespectful. 🙁

Justin Gast
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Justin Gast

Over the last few weeks, it appear motorists have lost the ability to care.

Last night, going home on N Williams during rush hour, I witnessed almost three car/bike accidents within a three-block span of N Russell to N Morris, all at the fault of the driver.

Openings on the N Williams “through traffic” vehicle lane during rush hour can sometimes be few and far between. I’m noticing more cars blowing stop signs if it means getting a spot in the line of cars; cars blowing red lights as they follow closely on the heels of other cars; cars making turns from the wrong lanes, even cutting other cars off; etc.

Last night, a lady blew the stop sign at Morris and Williams and almost ran me over. we slammed our brakes at the same time, putting me high up on my front wheel. No actual collision, but you couldn’t have slid a piece of paper between her bumper and my left leg. The best part was, she started yelling at me for not letting her in…she received more than a few choice words from me.

Unfortunately, and I only get this feeling during the evening commute, it’s really starting to feel like those car commercials, where it’s car vs. bike, and that is an environment that no one wants or anyone benefits from.

Too many motorists are in too much of a hurry to get home and it feels like a majority of them are not thinking clearly when they get into the frustrating situation of driving in rush hour traffic. it’s as though everything we’re taught as a student driver gets thrown out the window…most notably courtesy and respect for others we share the road with. I sure hope this changes…and soon.

Scott H
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Scott H

Ah, Portland, the platinum city where citizens desecrate memorials with their cars.

Also, wouldn’t there be significant damage to the front of that car?

Granpa
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Granpa

Haters gonna hate

Bob
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Bob

Cut the conspiracy theories, people. You’re not making us look like rational people.

I almost guarantee it was a truck or bus who cut the corner with the rear wheel set. I often see trucks who are turning right onto or from a narrow street cut up onto the curb, particularly if there is traffic sitting in the opposite left turn lane.

CaptainKarma
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It actually looks like a stronger statement now.

Justin Gast
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Justin Gast

Bella Bici
You really think that this has only occurred within the last few weeks??Hmmmm… personally, my perspective is that this has been going on for a lot longer than this.Otherwise, I can completely empathize with you.Recommended 2

I should edit my first sentence to unfortunately read “It appears drivers have become more malicious over the past few weeks.”

I wish someone had the magical solution to overcome this type of an environment.

K'Tesh
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K'Tesh

One word: GoPro

Tom
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Tom

Just more justification for the need for cameras at all higher risk intersections. We should not need to speculate, but instead have actual video of these incidents.

Paul
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Paul

I think you meant stems and “petals”.

Nicholas Caleb
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Nicholas Caleb

Awful. Just awful.

o/o
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o/o

It’s a hit and run. Intentionally or not.

Josh Chernoff
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Josh Chernoff

I talked to the worker at Plad Pantry and he told me it was a truck turning off of gladstone on to 39th. He does not think it was intentional.

Sorry for the assumption. It was difficult to assess because of the direction the wheel and handle bars bent would have implied it was coming from the opposite direction. Regardless its still carelessness and its coming at the cost of our communities. Even more that was my bike and so I am a bit emotionally attached and its hard not to be angry.

mike
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mike

Nice “reporting”, how many times does a story get reported here without the proper facts only to have the corrections made at a later time? Yeah it sucks that the memorial was ruined but to imply that someone did it on purpose wasn’t very responsible. But I guess it gets peoples blood boiling and keeps the comments coming.

HJ
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HJ

I really hope someone tracks down this truck driver and tickets him. This exact kind of negligence is what lead to the death of Kirke Johnson in Cedar Mill last November.
There is no excuse for it. These people are “professional” drivers. Ones who think it’s ok to do things like this should have their CDLs revoked and get sent back to driver’s ed since clearly they have no clue how to control their vehicles properly.

Josh Chernoff
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Josh Chernoff

I’m asking WWeek to take down my image they are using without my permission or that they can turn off their comments. The people who comment on the news channels are hurtful to our community. I’m here asking your support to request they do the same.

http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-33281-ghost_bike_memorial_to_portland_cyclist_struck_by_car_also_apaprently_struck_by_car.html

Craig Harlow
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Craig Harlow

I still curious to learn whether the Plaid Pantry’s security video has been reviewed.

Tomas LaPalella
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Tomas LaPalella

Do we still have the death penalty in Oregon? This is one of those times where it seems appropriate.

SW
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SW

Cory Poole
Not to overly generalize but the worst aggressive drivers I come across are usually WA plates.Recommended 6

when I encounter a rude/reckless driver , instinctively look at their plates, the majority of the time they are WASHINGTON. Not to say that Oregon doesn’t do that too, but my THEORY is that out of stater’s think they somehow get a “free pass” here ?

Josh Chernoff
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Josh Chernoff

A big thank you to Alli Sayre for getting a new bike

Fixed and replaced.
https://twitter.com/JoshChernoff/status/606900263375400960