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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Fatal Bike Crash in North Portland Last Night

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 10:53 AM

A cyclist riding was struck and killed by two cars late last night at the intersection of N Willamette and Haven Road, right next to University of Portland.

Victim Kipp Crawford
  • Victim Kipp Crawford

From the police:

This morning at 2:26 a.m., Portland Police responded to the area of North Willamette Blvd and North Haven Street on a call of a bicyclist that had been hit. Officers located an injured man at the scene and he was immediately taken to an area hospital. This man later died at the hospital. Police are attempting to identify the deceased man.

The Major Crash Team is on scene investigating this incident. Both drivers and their vehicles are at the scene of this incident and investigators are interviewing both drivers. Police are still attempting to identify the man found at the scene.

That section of Willamette has a bike lane, but it's not clear at all what happened—whether the cyclist was in the bike lane or even whether the cars were going in opposite directions. This is the fourth fatal bike crash this year in Portland.

KATU reports that the police investigators have "at least one witness account of the cyclist being pushed into the road", after neighbors heard the sounds of an argument on the road. BikePortland also has some commentary on the tragedy and some photos of the crash scene.

More details as we have them.

UPDATE 12:31 PM: Both drivers were drunk. Police charged both 41-year old Carlos Tyrone McCall, the driver of a Cadillac, and 44-year-old Felisa Washington-Berry, driver of an Isuzu SUV, of driving under the influence.

The cyclist has been identified as 31-year-old Kipp Daniel Crawford. It turns out he was not actually on his bike at the time of the crash. According to police spokeswoman Mary Wheat, Crawford was "down in the roadway" when he was struck by the two cars traveling in the same direction.

Police are trying to piece together why Crawford was off his bike and in the road and are asking anyone who interacted with Crawford yesterday to call Officer Peter Kurronen at 503-823-2208.

Did anyone know Crawford?

Update 4:50PM: Crawford was a musician in a couple local bands, including Thanks Kipp and the drummer in Celilo. He will definitely be missed by a lot of friends.

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