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Bicyclist killed in early Saturday hit-and-run accident

UPDATE • Sheriff's office says Clackamas man admitted involvement in early morning collision
by: Courtesy of CCSO Michael Vu, 18, inset, died early Saturday morning when his bicycle was struck by a hit-and-run driver. A 28-year-old man turned himself in Saturday afternoon in the case.

Artyom Pavlenko, 28, of Clackamas turned himself in Saturday to sheriff's deputies, who said he admitted that he had been involved in the hit-and-run accident early Saturday morning which killed Michael Vu, 18, of Clackamas.

Pavlenko was arrested on manslaughter and hit-and-run charges and taken to the Clackamas County Jail.

Deputies found his silver Honda Civic at his residence in Clackamas and said they were planning to get a search warrant to seize and search the vehicle. They also said Pavlenko was no longer cooperating with the investigation.

Vu, who was his father's caregiver, died early Saturday morning when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a vehicle on Southeast Mather Road near Summers Lane in Clackamas.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said he died from blunt force trauma in the accident.

Vu graduated this year from Clackamas High School and was the full-time caregiver for his father, who suffered a traumatic brain injury a year ago.

A family spokesman said they were heartbroken by the loss and grateful for any help provided by the public.

Vu apparently was riding home late Friday night when he was struck and killed.

Deputies said neighbors called just after 1 a.m. Saturday, July 30, to report hearing a crash and seeing a man down in the roadway. When deputies, Clackamas Fire and American Medical Response got to the scene minutes later, Vu had already died.

Deputies said the vehicle involved had left before law enforcement arrived. A forensic investigation team determined that the vehicle was heading east on Mather Road near Summers Lane and hit Vu while he was riding east in the bike lane on the right shoulder.

Vu was thrown from the bicycle to the pavement, deputies said, while the vehicle continued eastbound on Mather Road dragging the bike for several blocks before it was left on the road.

Witnesses said the vehicle may have returned to the scene briefly after the crash before driving away.

Sheriff's office investigators closed Mather Road and Summers Lane between Cranberry Loop and Springcrest Drive for several hours Saturday morning to investigate the accident.

Sheriff's officers are asking anyone with information about Pavlenko and his recent activities to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line, 503-723-4949, or use the online form at www.co.clackamas.or.us/sheriff/tip.htm. Reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case No. 11-22804.

People can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. Send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on the keypad) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message.