A collision between a Chevy Tahoe SUV and a bicyclist on S.E. Powell Boulevard near Creston Park on Tuesday afternoon, August 16, seriously injured the young rider — and closed down westbound traffic along the state highway at about 10:45 a.m.
Four Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were sent to the area of S. E. Powell Boulevard and 45th Avenue — beside the St. Ignatius Catholic School yard — and there found an injured teen cyclist, and the smashed up Chevy.
Along with the officers, Woodstock Fire Station 25's Engine Company crew and two ambulances also pulled up at the scene. After the injured rider was rushed to a local hospital, his crumpled bicycle still lay on the sidewalk, not far behind the SUV.
At first, one westbound lane of S. E. Powell Boulevard was closed; but an hour later, both lanes were closed to traffic at S. E. 49th Avenue. Officers also expanded the crime scene as they looked for evidence on the highway and at the intersection of S. E. 45th Avenue and westward.
The incident grew to include 13 officers, including PPB Traffic Crash Team investigators. Westbound Powell Boulevard remained closed to traffic past 6 p.m. that evening.
"The information we have so far is that a 15-year-old male bicyclist was struck by the vehicle, and suffered serious injuries. However, we don't know his current condition," PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told THE BEE. "The involved driver remained at the scene; there are no indications of an arrest or citations being written."
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