After seeing zero fatal crashes involving people on bikes in Portland last year, police are reporting a near-fatal crash occurred in SW Portland this afternoon.
The current report is brief:
At 2:21 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to the 6000 Block of Southwest Multnomah Boulevard on the report of a hit and run traffic crash involving a person riding a bike. Officers arrived and learned that the crash was not a hit and run but the vehicle that collided with the bicycle rider went through a fence and hit a house.
Medical personnel responded and transported the bicycle rider to an area hospital with potential life-threatening injuries. The person driving the car was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Scary, scary. Fingers crossed everyone. Here's what that stretch of road looks like on Google:
UPDATE 2/6: The person on the bike is 20-year-old Reese Wilson, who is currently in critical but stable condition. The driver was a woman named Candice Palmer, who was distracted by her dog when she hit Wilson. The police report: "This is an ongoing investigation and no charges have been filed or citations issued at this time."