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A bicyclist swerving through parking lots and popping back on Powell was struck and killed by a startled motorist

DAVID F. ASHTON - S.E. Powell Boulevard was closed on May 4 for several hours at 50th Avenue, while a fatal bike vs. car crash investigation took place. S.E. Powell Boulevard was closed to all traffic and also to pedestrians for several hours on Wednesday, May 4, after a bicyclist was struck by a car.

According to a PPB Crash Investigation Team officer, a man was riding an e-bike (a battery-powered bicycle) northbound on S.E. 49th Avenue.

Approaching Powell Boulevard, the rider swerved and curved into and through the parking lot of a business, and emerged into eastbound Powell Boulevard traffic, where he was struck by a motorist who did not see him coming.

Due to the severity of the cyclist's injuries, the PPB Major Crash Team (MCT) was summoned to the scene to investigate.

"The e-bike rider was struck by a hatchback; there appeared to have been no way for the driver of the vehicle to have stopped, or turned away in time to avoid the collision," the officer told THE BEE at the scene.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and was cooperative, and no citations were issued.

The bicycle rider was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, and the e-bike was taken away in the PPB Crash Investigation Team van.

On Monday, May 9, it was revealed that the bicyclist — 43-year-old Shane Johnson -- had died from his injuries at the hospital two days earlier.

"MCT investigators learned from witnesses and nearby videos that Johnson had entered the roadway unexpectedly for an unknown reason, and believe the driver had no time to adjust their course of travel," a PPB spokesperson later confirmed. That death was the 22nd traffic-related fatality in Portland this year. It was the first traffic-related bicycle death since December 4th of 2020.


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