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WCSO: John Worst was wearing a helmet when he was struck from behind by a pick-up on Old Highway 47

WSCO PHOTO - Washington County deputies tow the small pick-up truck that allegedly struck a cyclist from behind on Old Highway 47 on Friday, May 31.A local cyclist has been "seriously injured" after he was struck from behind by a pick-up truck, police say.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies responded to Southwest Old Highway 47 near Looking Glass Drive around 4:27 p.m. on Friday, May 31, after receiving reports of the collision, according to a news release.

Authorities say John Worst, a 36-year-old Gaston resident, was riding his bicycle southound on Old Highway 47 when he was "struck from behind" by a small pick-up truck.

"Mr. Worst was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but sustained serious injuries and was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University by a Lifeflight helicopter," deputies say. "He is expected to survive."

WCSO reports that the driver of the pick-up — Forest Grove resident John Reiger Jr., 21 — remained at the scene and did not show signs of impairment, though police say he "may have been distracted."

The investigation continues. Reiger has not been charged with a crime at this time.

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