Man severely injured after bike/pickup crash on Interstate Avenue

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 31st, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Curtis Crothers

Daimler Trucks engineer Curtis
Crothers, who suffered extensive
injuries from a crash on
Interstate Avenue Wednesday.

An engineer biking home from his job on Swan Island was severely injured by colliding with a pickup truck after its driver allegedly made an illegal 135-degree turn onto Greeley Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Curtis Crothers, 53, was in good condition at Legacy Emanuel hospital Friday after suffering eight broken ribs, a broken scapula, a punctured lung, internal bleeding, a dislocated shoulder and 24 hours in intensive care.

Crothers is a regular bike commuter to Daimler Trucks North America, which employs 3,000 workers in the North Portland industrial park. The bike commuting route to Swan Island has been subject to controversy; many of the area’s hundreds of bike commuters avoid the area where Crothers was hit by illegally using the Ash Grove Cement Road, a private path owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

Crothers, however, had stopped using the Cement Road after concluding it was itself unsafe due to train tracks that curve across it and after a run-in with railroad security.

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Crashes on Sam Jackson Park Road underscore ice dangers

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 3rd, 2013 at 10:22 am

A Portland Fire & Rescue truck slid on ice
on Sam Jackson Park Road yesterday.
(Photo: PF&R)

A man crashed while bicycling downhill on SW Sam Jackson Park Road yesterday. Then, when Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the crash, their fire truck slid on the ice and smashed into a guard rail.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, the crash happened during yesterday’s morning commute. When they arrived, the man who crashed his bike was up and walking around. Here’s more from PF&R about the conditions that led to the crashes:

“The ice was reportedly caused when the drainage along the side of the road became blocked with leaves. This caused water to flow over the roadway and subsequently the cold weather created ice.”

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Man suffers serious injuries in crash after hitting bumps on N Vancouver

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 9th, 2012 at 9:46 am

Scene of this morning’s crash.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This morning just before 8:00 am, a man crashed and fell off of his bicycle while riding south on N. Vancouver Avenue just north of Broadway.[Read more…]

Collision on Hwy 101 south of Cannon Beach results in critical injury – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 8th, 2012 at 12:27 am

Another serious injury collision happened today on Highway 101.

According to the Oregon State Police, at about 1:25 pm, a 35-year old woman was riding northbound on the shoulder of Hwy 101 five miles south of Cannon Beach near milepost 35 (just south of Hug Point Road) when she was struck by a 78-year old woman driving a Dodge Caravan. The OSP says the woman driving the van “drifted onto the shoulder and struck the woman’s bicycle from behind.” No names have been released yet.

The woman riding the bike was with her husband. He was up the road a bit, then stopped and turned around shortly after the collision because his wife never caught up. The woman was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of critical injuries. The van operator and her passenger were not injured.
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Update on SW Canyon collision: Citation issued for “dangerous left turn” – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 26th, 2011 at 10:47 am

Aftermath of a collision
on SW Canyon Road last week.
(Photo: Beaverton PD)

Howard Hagge, the man who drove his Dodge Caliber into Yulia Shtutman while she rode her bike on SW Canyon Road last week, has been issued a citation for making a dangerous left turn.

According to the Beaverton Police Department, their Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team determined that Hagge made his left turn on a blinking arrow and Shtutman had a green light. Bail for Hagge was set at $472 — $90 more than the standard $382 for that violation because it resulted in a collision and is therefore considered “aggravated”.

The crash caused serious injuries to Shtutman and she spent six days in a hospital. She was released yesterday and is now home with family. I have been in touch with her father Michael Shtutman via email. He shared more information about her injuries:

“Yulia is recovering from Post concussive syndrome and multiple nasal and face bones fractures. It may take 4-8 weeks to recover from PCS and some follow up procedures may required for other damages. According to the doctors, helmet made a real difference and safe Yulia from significantly more serious brain traumas.”

It’s worth noting that the Beaverton PD’s initial statement about the crash stated that Ms. Shtutman was traveling westbound and then, “impacted the passenger side of the car, as it turned.” That language led to local media coverage like this from KGW (emphasis mine):

“Witnesses told police the driver had been turning left onto SW 110th Avenue from SW Canyon Road when the cyclist ran into the passenger side of the car.”

And that type of coverage led to comments like, “This is what happens when a bike rider runs a stop sign.”

With a week since the collision occurred, and the fact that Shtutman is out of the hospital, I don’t expect any follow-ups to this story in the local media.

I hope Beaverton PD takes this as an example to be more sensitive in statements about collisions to not insinuate that one person “impacted” or “collided with” the other. Whether they intend to or not, those type of statements make a subtle judgment about who is at fault. I’d recommend to simply state that two vehicle operators were involved in a collision. That way, nothing about who collided into who is released until a thorough investigation has been concluded.

Michael Shtutman, Yulia’s father, has shared more about her injuries with me via email:

“Yulia is recovering from Post concussive syndrome and multiple nasal and face bones fractures. It may take 4-8 weeks to recover from PCS and some follow up procedures may required for other damages. According to the doctors, helmet made a real difference and safe Yulia from significantly more serious brain traumas.”

He also shared these thoughts about biking conditions in Beaverton:

“Based on my experience of biking in Europe I think that painting of two lines with bike in between on the roads is not enough to create real bike roads and make city safe for the bikers.”

Collision on SW Canyon Rd sends woman to hospital (Photos) – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 19th, 2011 at 10:44 am

Aftermath of a collision
on SW Canyon Road this
(Photo: Beaverton PD)

A collision this morning in Beaverton at around 8:30 am sent a woman to the hospital with what police describe as possible head injuries.

The collision occured at the intersection of SW Canyon Road and SW 110th (map).

A Beaverton Police Department statement said that witnesses saw a woman who on the bike was “down and unconscious” following the collision. The operator of the car was traveling eastbound on SW Canyon. The bicycle operator was going west. When the car turned left (north) onto 110th, “she impacted the passenger side of the the car, as it turned.”[Read more…]

Collision on Hwy 101 north of Gold Beach leads to serious injuries – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 4th, 2011 at 10:38 am

Approximate location of collision.

Another collision on Highway 101, this time involving two people who were riding about 11 miles north of Gold Beach.

According to the Oregon State Police (OSP) at about 12:55 pm yesterday, a PT Cruiser driven by a 61-year-old man was southbound on 101 traveling over Ophir Dike when it “struck two bicyclists riding on the southbound shoulder.”
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Man riding motorcycle collides with man riding bike on Hawthorne Bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 24th, 2011 at 11:21 am

View looking westbound on Hawthorne Bridge.

The Portland Police Bureau are reporting that a collision occurred last night on the Hawthorne Bridge.

32-year-old Mark Landers was operating a motorcycle (with passenger Jocelyn Shirley) and was headed westbound when he lost control and struck the curb just before the start of the bridge. His motorcycle then jumped the curb and skidded onto the bike path, striking 21-year-old Ian Trout who was riding his bike westbound.

Trout and the passenger on the motorcycle were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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Metro owns trail easement rights at location of Marine Drive collision

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 21st, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The bike/car collision this morning on NE Marine Drive happened in a location where Metro owns an easement for a future trail that would place the bikeway off the main road.

In a rare blend of advocacy and communications, Metro has posted a story on their website about the crash, saying that the collision, “highlights the importance of Metro’s work to close trail gaps” (but unfortunately calls it an “accident”).[Read more…]

Tandem bike and car collide near PCC Cascade in North Portland (Photo)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 30th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Photo of the scene at N. Killingsworth and Kerby last night.
(Photo: Nate Gibson)

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