Police offer update on serious injury collision on SE Division/122nd

Police offer update on serious injury collision on SE Division/122nd

Police say Hector Perez rode his bike out of the Shell gas station (on the right), across a few lanes of traffic and then rode “right in front of the van” that hit him. (View is looking west on Division, east of 122nd)

We realize that with all the collision lately it’s hard keeping track, but there has been a major update to the collision that happened yesterday on SE Division at 122nd.

Here’s the latest from the Portland Police Bureau:

The bicycle rider involved in yesterday’s crash has been identified as 34-year-old Hector Vizzuett Perez of Southeast Portland. He remains in a Portland hospital recovering from non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the van that struck Perez has been identified as 64-year-old Jose Catungal of Southeast Portland.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Catungal was driving westbound in the left turn lane on Division to turn left (southbound) onto 122nd Avenue. It appears that Perez rode his bicycle out of the gas station lot on the northeast corner of the intersection, through stopped traffic in the westbound lanes of Division, and right in front of the van which was moving in the specified left turn lane.

No citations have been issued and Catungal was not under the influence of intoxicants.

The case remains under investigation.

It’s important to note that Perez was initially reported to have “potential life-threatening injuries” and then PPB stated in a subsequent release that he was “expected to survive.”

The location of this collision (map) is just over a mile west of where a woman was killed yesterday by the dangerous actions of a school bus operator at the intersection of SE 148th and Division.

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