The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division just released information about a hit-and-run collision involving a man on a bicycle and someone driving a tow-truck. The incident occurred at around 10:50 am this morning at the intersection of SE 7th and Taylor.
PPB officers responded to the scene and found a “teen-aged male bicyclist” suffering from “traumatic but not life-threatening” injuries. The officers soon learned that the young man was hit by someone driving a tow truck and that the person fled the scene. The man has been taken to the hospital where he’s being treated for his injuries.
Investigators are trying to learn more about the tow truck. So far, it has been described as a flat-bed and it was last seen traveling westbound on Taylor.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.
SE 7th is the main north-south bike route on the central eastside. This intersection has commercial use on three corners and an apartment building on the other. In general, this area can be quite unnerving to ride (and drive) in. It’s also directly adjacent to the U.S. Post Office. SE Taylor is a common way that people bike to and from downtown via the Eastbank Esplanade.
This is the third serious hit-and-run collision in the past three months involving someone on a bike. In June, Mike Cooley was hit and left on the ground severely injured while biking home from work up N. Interstate Avenue. Then just a few weeks ago Henry Schmidt was hit while walking his bike on SW Barbur Blvd.
We’ll have more on this latest hit-and-run as details become known.