Bike rider hit and killed by delivery truck on SE 82nd

The accident closed down 82nd Avenue of Roses in Lents for several hours …

This intersection in outer East Portland is closed as the result of a fatal truck versus bicycle accident.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

On a quiet Saturday morning, a collision between an appliance truck and a bicyclist shut down the intersection of SE 82nd Avenue of Roses and Flavel Street at 8:00 a.m. on July 30 until almost noon.

After the accident, a Standard TV & Appliance box truck was stopped on SE 82nd, just south of the intersection; a crumpled bicycle lay in the street, in front of the 7-Eleven store.

A fatal traffic investigation begins, after the delivery truck turned right, striking a bicyclist.

“Officers and medical personnel attended to an adult female bicycle rider who was critically injured; life-saving efforts were not successful, and she died at the scene,” reported Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The adult male driver in the delivery truck, 36-year-old Joel Silva, remained at the scene, cooperated with PPB Traffic Division Major Crash Team investigators, and did not show any signs of impairment, Simpson said

The crumpled bicycle remains in the street, as police investigate this fatal accident.

Simpson later identified the woman who died of her injures suffered in the crash as 25-year-old Lydia Ann Johnson.

“Investigators determined that Silva and Johnson were traveling eastbound on Flavel Street when Silva turned right, to go southbound on 82nd Avenue, and struck Johnson on her bicycle,” Simpson later revealed.

As the investigation gets underway, the bicyclist’s bag remains on the street’s curb.

“As is standard procedure, the case will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for a review and consideration of any possible criminal charges, once the investigation is complete,” Simpson added. “Any possible traffic citations would be issued upon completion of the criminal review of the case.”

Days after the accident, a group of riders gathers at the intersection to dedicate a “Ghost Bike” in the memory of killed bicyclist.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Officer David Enz at 503-823-2208, david.enz@portlandoregon.gov.

© 2016 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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