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Bicycle rider dies in collision with driver on East Burnside and 122nd

Posted by on November 14th, 2020 at 8:51 am

View looking east at East Burnside where I think the collision took place.

A collision Thursday night (11/12) in the Hazelwood neighborhood resulted in the death of a male bicycle rider. It happened at the intersection of 122nd and Burnside. The incident was reported by the Portland Police Bureau without any reference to what type of road users were involved. When I mentioned the crash in a story yesterday I didn’t know the victim was a bicycle rider.

East Portland News was on the scene and was first to report details of the crash. According to their report, a responding PPB officer said someone driving a Chevrolet SUV eastbound on Burnside collided with a bicycle rider “somewhere in the intersection”. Photos posted on East Portland News show both vehicles stopped near windows at the MAX station area about 155 feet east of the intersection (see map image below). A damaged bicycle is on the ground and there’s major front-end damage to the right side of the SUV’s hood and windshield.

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Yellow marks where the SUV and bicycle came to rest.

BikePortland confirmed the news with the PPB Saturday morning. PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Kevin Allen said the crash investigation is ongoing and that officers are looking for possible surveillance video before releasing further details. The victim’s identity is still being verified with family.

This section of East Burnside has two lanes — one standard travel lane and one bicycle-only lane. As you can see in the Streetview image, the lanes are narrow because of the MAX line that runs in the middle of the street.

UPDATE, 9:26 am on Monday 11/16: The PPB has issued an update on the crash:

The vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, was going eastbound while the bicyclist was riding westbound in the single eastbound travel lane. They crashed head-on. Investigators believe that poor visibility was a factor in the crash. No arrests or citations have been issued, although the investigation is continuing. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213 or Chris.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov.

The deceased is identified as Antonio Sage Rodriguez, 28, of Portland.

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Andrew Kreps
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I just visited that intersection, Burnside traveling east is not safe for persons on bicycles. The leaves are spread wide enough the single while line delineating the bike lane is obscured. They’re piled so deep, riding through them is unsafe. The conditions persist for about 100m to the next intersection.

Coming up 122nd, there’s a wrecked mazda 3 on jacks, missing wheels, blocking half of the bike lane.

Kittens
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Kittens

I operate the blue line. Whenever I approach this intersection I drop it to 15mph. This intersection has become absolutely lawless. Red light runners, peds crossing everywhere at all times and often intoxicated or otherwise in various states of drug induced psychosis. No enforcement. It’s just bonkers.

Aaron
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Aaron

Bike lanes are both Narrow and filled with glass.

Chris
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Chris

This drives me to tears.

When can we strip our LAB platinum status and get back to work? Our laurels are dry and faded.

Stephan Vertal
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Stephan Vertal

This is the area where the MAX system began The street design is seriuosly outdated.

Eawriste
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Eawriste

Please correct me if this is wrong. The width of Burnside is 17-18′, plenty of room for a PBL.

John Liu
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John Liu

I think, by the way, that the extent of damage to the SUV suggests a pretty high collision velocity. I don’t think it’s consistent with the SUV being in a turning maneuver at the time of impact.

Fred
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Fred

Just can’t get used to the “person dies in collision with person” phraseology. The person died, sadly, when a car (SUV, truck, large vehicle) collided with the person. The vehicle was operated by a person, though.

I get it: You are trying to emphasize the people in the situation and the responsibility of both parties (people) to AVOID hitting each other. The interaction of the people is indeed the key, but people don’t die by colliding with other people: they die when huge, heavy vehicles – operated by people – run into people on bikes.

Super Eagle
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Super Eagle

It’s simple. Don’t ride your bike the wrong way in the busy road, if you do, expect that you might get hit. 100% bicyclist fault here.