1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
April 04, 2002 00:00
Investigators learned from witnesses that Bartel was Westbound on the bridge and had been following another vehicle at an extremely close distance when he accelerated into the right side safety lane to pass a vehicle. Bartel hit a concrete barrier and spun out of control striking Francois who was riding a bicyle across the bridge. The impact caused a portion of Francois’ body to fly through the windshield of Bartel’s vehicle killing Bartel. Francois’s body then continued over Bartel’s vehicle.
Based on witness statements, investigators believe that aggressive driving or “road rage” played a role in this accident.
Sgt. Pete Simpson