Harvest Century September 22nd

Hit-and-run in Sellwood (this week)

Posted by on August 26th, 2016 at 1:10 pm

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Received 8/26/16:

Jonathan,

Just want to let you and the readers know that my friend [name redacted] was involved in a hit and run while he was riding in Sellwood this week.

Luckily? he had a witness that was able to get the license plate number and waited for the police to turn up (one hour later). However, the officer on the scene did not believe my friend or the witness. According to both my friend and the witness the car swerved into him contacting his handlebar and causing him to crash, then sped off. Another crash and lame-ass response from the police.

The officer basically said it was my friends word against the driver (the officer apparently is a prosecutor as well) thus ignoring the witness. The officer asked my friend “what do you want to do” (dismissively) he responded “how about charging the driver” he said he would be in touch. My friend is not holding his breath. Luckily, my friend was not seriously injured.

Cheers,
[name redacted]

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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    Spiffy August 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    we need more reports like this of police inaction so we can take the case to the PPB that they’re helping create these problems due to their constant inaction…

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    Richard August 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    This makes my blood boil. Guys… if you can afford it, please get bike cameras. We shouldn’t need them, but they help when confronted with idiot drivers and idiot cops. I highly recommend Rideye.

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      Rex Ingram October 15, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Don’t buy rideye. Unreliable and non existent support customer service.

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        Richard October 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

        My mind has changed since writing that comment, and I totally agree. Thank you for sharing. Don’t get Rideye, guys. Get GoPro or anything else. Major flaws with Rideye camera and nonexistent customer service.

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    jeff October 4, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Can we call out the officer’s name / badge in stories like this?

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