1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
October 29, 2003 00:00
On Monday, July 14, 2003, at approximately 3:00 in the morning, a 28-year-old Northeast Portland man was riding towards home on his bicycle. The man was eastbound on NE Irving Street, on the south side of the street and approaching 19th Avenue, when he noticed a vehicle that was also eastbound on Irving coming up behind him. According to the cyclist, as he reached NE 19th Avenue, he turned his head and nodded at the eastbound vehicle. The cyclist does not remember what happened next.
According to Fatal Accident Investigators, it appears the cyclist was crossing 19th Avenue when the eastbound vehicle he had noticed turned south onto 19th Avenue and struck him. It then appears both the cyclist and bike were dragged about 50' and run over by the vehicle, which crushed the victim's lower torso and mangled his bicycle into four pieces.
A witness, who heard the crash, looked out and saw what he described as a small white box-van (a van front end with a cargo box on the back) accelerate rapidly southbound on 19th Avenue. The vehicle, which possibly had dual rear wheels, had no noticeable company markings. The back door of the box was a roll-up type, consisting of horizontal panels and a rope or strap pull.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony crime, and you need not give your name. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
Sgt. Pete Simpson