Sad news, everyone.
Twenty-three year old Vancouverite Diego Reyes passed this morning at Legacy Emanuel hospital. Courtney Acosta-Grates, 30, is still in the hospital with critical injuries. Melanie Diaz was treated and released.
The trio of cyclists were biking along NW Union Road near North Plains last night when a pickup truck driven by 30-year-old Aaron Hughes hit them from behind. The Washington County Sheriff says Hughes was not drunk and had no signs of impairment, but that Reyes, Grates, and Diaz did not have lights on their bikes. None of the three were wearing helmets, which aren't required in Oregon but, as this intense PSA released today spells out, can help keep brains safe.
Bicycle Transportation Alliance Executive Director Rob Sadowsky notes that there have been a series of serious bike-car crashes in recent weeks: A teen killed by a pickup truck in Bend, another by a hit and run in Clackamas, and then former pro football player Joey Harrington was hit in East Portland over the weekend.
"First off, I'm just frustrated with the sheer number of crashes in the past two weeks. It's been sobering," says Sadowsky. "It's been a reminder for us as drivers of cars and riders of bikes to stay predictable, stay lit, and be aware of others in the roadway."
Many condolences to Reyes' family.
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