Bicyclist critically injured running red light in Oregon City
Lots of people saw the crash at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, when a man driving a beige Jeep Liberty hit another man who rode his bicycle through a red light in downtown Oregon City.
Oregon City police closed the busy 15th/Washington street intersection during rush hour while they conducted the investigation. OCPD's investigation has determined the 67-year-old bicyclist from Oregon City was at fault for running the red light, but he won't be cited for failing to obey a traffic-control device because he was taken to OHSU with critical injuries.
"When someone is injured, that outweighs the need to cite them," OCPD Captain Shaun Davis said.
The driver of the Jeep, a 29-year-old Milwaukie resident, stayed on scene and cooperated with the investigation.
"Normally we don't release names in crashes unless it is criminal and an arrest is made or it is a fatality," Davis said. "This crash was tragic and neither criminal nor a fatality."
A resident of the McLoughlin neighborhood, Richard Authur Belleque, 51, was among the witnesses to the crash as he was coming down the hill on 15th Street in his orange Subaru Crosstrek. He saw how the bicyclist heading north down Washington Street ran the red light as the two cars in front of him proceeded through the green light west on Washington Street.
"I thought, 'He can't split those two cars in front of me' — there is no way," Belleque said. "Ten seconds further and it would have been me hitting him."