February 22, 2020 07:41
The bicyclist killed in this incident is identified as Jerry M. Stites III, 37, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.
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On Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:28am, Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a crash at Southwest Vista Avenue and Southwest Park Place. When officers arrived they discovered a vehicle struck a bicycle. The bicyclist suffered a head injury and was transported to an area hospital and was listed to be in critical care. Later in the day, the medical examiner notified the police bureau the bicyclist did not survive.
Officers from the Traffic Division investigated the crash. The investigation preliminarily determined the driver of the truck was driving southbound through the intersection on a green light. The bicyclist entered the intersection with neither a helmet nor a light on. The driver of the vehicle was traveling at an estimated 25-30 miles per hour and was unable to stop before hitting the bicyclist. The driver of the vehicle was cooperative with police and was not determined to be impaired.
The deceased bicyclist is an adult male. His identification will be released pending notification of family.
This is the 8th fatal crash of 2020 in the City of Portland.
The Portland Police Traffic Division is committed to providing enforcement and raising awareness regarding traffic safety and vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Each year, traffic officer respond to preventable collisions. These collisions can deeply impact those involved, their families and loved ones. Traffic officers' number one priority is to address behaviors of all road users that might lead to a collision, including speed, impairment, distraction, and disobeying signals.
You can help by doing your part to obey all traffic laws, whether you are in a vehicle, on foot, bike or scooter. To learn more visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/trasportaion/40390
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