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Bicyclist's Death Marks Portand's First Bike-Related Fatality In 2 Years

OPB | May 15, 2014 2:33 p.m. | Updated: May 16, 2014 7:46 a.m. | Portland

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BikePortland reports that the Multnomah County District Attorney is looking into a police investigation of a bicyclist who recently died after being in a collision with a car.

A memorial of a skateboard, flowers, spray paint and candles remains at the scene. Photo courtesy Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland.

A memorial of a skateboard, flowers, spray paint and candles remains at the scene. Photo courtesy Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland.

Jonathan Maus / Bike Portland

This is Portland’s first cyclist death involving a car since 2012, according to BikePortland.

Ryan Egge, 24, was riding his bike on Northeast Killingsworth Street in late March when he was struck by a car. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered a head injury. Portland police expected Egge to survive, but say they just learned that he died on April 28.

“Normally, the Medical Examiner’s Office will notify us when there is a death related to one of our investigations,” Sgt. Todd Davis wrote in an email to BikePortland. “Not sure why that didn’t happen in this case.”

According to data collected by MIT Media Lab’s Social Computing Group, Killingsworth Street is one of the top 25 streets in Portland for bike accidents. Between 2010 and 2013, 18 bicycle crashes happened. As I reported in April, the map shows Broadway was the most dangerous street for cyclists with 78 crashes.

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