VIDEO: Hillsboro cyclist avoids man with knife in passing car
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a bicyclist said a passenger in a vehicle attempted to cut him with a knife outside of Hillsboro.
Hank Bosak was riding his bike riding west on Northwest Hornecker Road, near Northwest Leisy Road at around 2:10 p.m., June 22 when a passenger in a passing car allegedly tried to swipe at him with a knife.
"I could see in my little rear view mirror another car was coming and I could see he wasn't moving over," he told KOIN 6 News, a news partner with Pamplin Media Group. The vehicle was traveling about 45 mph when it passed by, Bosak said.
Bosak said the vehicle, a 2001 Toyota Corolla, came within an inch of hitting him.
"He came by really close and I got scared," he said. "I was upset."
Bosak was the victim of a hit-and-run crash in 2004, which left him seriously injured. After that, he began wearing front and rear-facing cameras while he rides.
Bosak reviewed the footage from his camera the following day to see if he could find the license plate number of the sedan — a black or dark blue Toyota Corolla. As he watched the video, he saw the passenger in the vehicle holding out what appeared to be a knife.
"I couldn't believe it," he said.
Bosak called the Washington County Sheriff's Office to report the incident.
"If he had hit me, I would've crashed," he said. "If that had happened and I didn't have these cameras, no one would've known why it happened."
Reviewing the footage, deputies said the vehicle appeared to move to the center of the road to give the bicyclist space, but then changed its angle, toward the bicyclist.
Footage from the video appears to show a passenger in the front of the sedan put his right arm out the window with a knife in his hand as the Corolla gets closer to the bicyclist. The passenger raises his hand towards the bicyclist and exposes the knives' blade as the vehicle passes dangerously close to the bicyclist.
Once the vehicle passes, the passenger pulls the knife and his arm back into the vehicle.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2700.
By Geoff Pursinger
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