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DAVID F. ASHTON - Shortly after the fatal collision between the tow truck and the bicycle, the intersection of S.E. Gladstone Street and Chavez Blvd. (39th) was blocked for emergency services and a police investigation.On May 27th of this year, a young man who had just graduated from Reed College was killed in an intersection mishap on S.E. Gladstone Street at Chavez Blvd. (39th). An extensive police investigation began, which has just concluded.

On November 3, a Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division Fatal Investigator issued a traffic citation to 40-year-old Jolene Friedow, a tow-truck driver who had collided with the bicycle rider while making a legal left turn.

40-year-old Jolene Friedow was issued a traffic citation for Oregon Revised Statue 811.350 (“Dangerous Left Turn”) as a result of the investigation into the traffic death of 22-year-old Mark Angeles. The violation carries a fine of up to $260.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office reviewed the case, and determined it could not proceed with criminal charges against the driver, but supported the issuance of the citation.

The investigation started on May 27, at 12:02 p.m., when officers responded to that intersection on the report of a traffic crash involving a bicyclist and a tow truck driver. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the bicyclist, Mark Angeles, who had suffered fatal injuries.

The North Oregon Towing driver, Jolene Friedow, remained at the scene, and cooperated with the investigation.

Investigators learned that Angeles was riding his bicycle westbound on Southeast Gladstone Street, approaching the intersection with Chavez Boulevard. As he got closer to the intersection, he began to “pedal faster”, according to court documents.

Friedow was facing eastbound, towing another vehicle, waiting to turn left (northbound) on Chavez Boulevard. Friedow began turning left, and Angeles collided with the passenger side of the tow truck.

The investigators determined from witness accounts that Angeles had been traveling at about 28 miles an hour westbound on Gladstone. As the traffic signal turned yellow, Friedow, who was waiting in the intersection to turn, began her left turn. Apparently she did not see Angeles coming.

The Angeles family is asking for privacy, and told police they do not want any contact by members of the media.

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