Bicyclist struck by dump truck in Newberg
Hancock Street closed for more than an hour as emergency personnel lend aid to teenage girl
Witnesses to a dump truck versus bicyclist collision Friday afternoon said the young cyclist is lucky to be alive.
At approximately 2 p.m. Friday, a 15-year-old girl on a BMX bike was stuck by a Signature Paving Services truck at the intersection of Hancock and Howard streets.
Several witnesses could not identify where or when the biker entered the Howard Street crosswalk, but concurred that it was after the signal had turned green and was in the trucks favor. The driver of the truck, Rodney Silvas, from Aloha, is cooperating with police and there are no indications he was impaired or distracted, according to Capt. Chris Bolek of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department.
The initial investigation shows the bicyclist failed to yield the right of way to cross traffic, according to a press release.
The young girl was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University via Life Flight helicopter. NDPD Capt. Jeff Kosmicki said the victim was released from the hospital Friday evening with a few broken bones.
She was at fault but will not be receiving any citations, Kosmicki wrote in an email.
Police will not release her name.
Bystanders, who were traveling in the far right lane on Hancock Street, said they saw the bike roll under the trucks right tires and the female roll under the middle of the truck.
Merry Boggs, a nurse, was one of the first to respond to the incident before authorities arrived.
All of a sudden there was a young girl in between the tires, and I jumped out (of my car), Boggs said.
She said the girl appeared to be cognizant when EMTs loaded her into a rescue vehicle.
Stephen Sanderson, another witness, said he heard the crunch of her bike under the tires of the heavy vehicle.
People were starting to run toward her and by the time I got to her a nurse was ordering people around, Sanderson said.
Francsua Moncada said he was on his way to the library, turned around and saw a bike roll under the trucks tires. He said its a miracle the girl survived.
I just ran. All I could hear was crying, Moncada said. I put my sweaters over her and told her it would be OK.
Traffic on Hancock Street was diverted onto College Street for about an hour either north on East Sherman Street around town or to the south on East Second Street, depending on the direction of the traveler.
Anyone with additional information or who may have been a witnessed the crash is asked to contact Sr. Officer Drew Boggs at 503-538-8321.
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