Banks man involved in McMinnville crash, police say
A Lafayette man was taken to a hospital with life threatening injuries on Friday after he was struck by a Banks pickup truck along Highway 99W.
According to Oregon State Police, Joseph T. Bowerman, 37, was riding a bicycle along Highway 99W near the intersection with Highway 47 just north of McMinnville at about 9:49 a.m. Friday, July 1, when he was reportedly struck by a vehicle.
John D. Hartley II, 30, of Banks, was driving a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup truck and pulling a utility trailer in the southbound lane of Highway 99W, police said, when Bowerman entered the travel lanes.
Hartley swerved into the southbound guardrail in an attempt to avoid the bicyclist, but ultimately struck him, police said.
Bowerman was not wearing a helmet, according to state police, and was transported by air to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with life threatening injuries.
Hartley was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.
The southbound lanes of Highway 99W were closed for three-and-a-half hours.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-472-2184.