Driver cited after crash with cyclist in Milwaukie
The Milwaukie Police Department has cited a driver after a collision left a cyclist with minor injuries.
Police responded to the crash near Southeast Oak and Washington streets around 4:22 p.m. on Friday, June 21, according to a news release.
Officers arrived and found motorist James Maloney, 23, and 24-year-old cyclist Randal Arias waiting at the scene. "Mr. Maloney reported he did not see Mr. Arias until it was too late and he was unable to avoid the crash," officers said.
An investigation revealed that Maloney and Arias were "sharing" the road while traveling west from Southeast Monroe Street at 37th Avenue, with Arias cycling in the road and on the sidewalk "sporadically." That prompted Maloney to shout criticism from his moving vehicle at Arias — telling him to stay on one track or the other.
While initial reports indicated that the cyclist may have broken his leg, Arias explained that it was a prior injury to his right shin that had confused a passerby. Arias was treated by paramedics at the scene for soreness and minor aches, but he declined to be taken to a hospital for more treatment.
"Mr. Arias reported minor damage to his bicycle prior to walking it home from the scene," police said.
Maloney was driving a red 1999 Toyota Corolla, and Arias was riding a mountain bike. Maloney was given a ticket for following too closely.