Speed Reportedly a Factor in Motorcyclist’s Death

Posted by Sean DuBois on Thursday, September 24, 2009

Date: September 24, 2009
Location: NE 148th Avenue near Glisan Street, Portland
Name: Curtis Rhodes reported that Curtis Rhodes, 42, of Portland, died September 24, 2009, after a single-vehicle crash in Northeast Portland. The accident occurred around 11 AM when Rhodes lost control of his motorcycle. No one else was injured.

Portland Traffic Captain, Wife, Critically Injured in Crash

Posted by Sean DuBois on Thursday, September 24, 2009

Date: September 21, 2009
Names: Eric Hendricks, Nadine “Nikki” Hendricks, Jeffrey Lidgett, Justin Aldrich
Location: Highway 30 near Rainier

Hendrickson  crash
(Photo: Oregon State Police)

Eric Hendrickson

The Portland Police Bureau is reeling after a three-car crash Monday, September 21, 2009, left Traffic Division Captain Eric Hendricks, 54, and his wife, Nadine (“Nikki”), 52, in critical condition. The accident took place at about 5 PM along Highway 30 near Rainier. Another driver, Jeffrey Lidgett, 47, of Clatskanie, was cited for failing to drive within his lane, a class B traffic violation.

Man Arrested for Drunk Driving Had Record

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, September 21, 2009

Date: September 21, 2009
Location: 26745 SW Farmington Road, Hillsboro, Oregon
Names: Andrew Johnston

According to, 25-year-old Andrew Johnston, of Forest Grove, was arrested September 21, 2009, for driving while drunk in an accident in which, fortunately, nobody was seriously injured. But it wasn’t the first time he had been charged. Johnston had at least two previous drunken driving arrests, including a crash five years ago that left a friend paralyzed.

Police say Johnston was driving while intoxicated at about 2:39 AM when he was involved in a single-car crash at 26745 SW Farmington Road in Hillsboro. Johnston had no passengers in his vehicle at the time of the accident. After the crash, Johnston left the scene and was located by police dogs, who found him in a field near the crash site. Police were responding to a 9-1-1 call reporting the accident.

Canadian Bicyclist Killed after Falling into Traffic

Posted by Sean DuBois on Sunday, September 20, 2009

Date: September 20, 2009
Location: U.S. Highway 101 near Northeast 10th Street, Lincoln City, Oregon
Names: Kit Yang Charlene Pun, Doral E. Bray
Type: Bicycle-Car Accident

A Calgary, Alberta, woman was killed around 6 PM, September 20, 2009, when she fell off her bicycle on Highway 101 in Lincoln City and was struck by a car. According to, Kit Yang Charlene Pun, 26, was in the center turn lane when she suddenly fell off her bicycle into the southbound lane, directly in front of a car driven by Doral E. Bray, 86, of Otis, Oregon.

Riders Identified in Multi-Vehicle Motorcycle Crash

Posted by Sean DuBois on Friday, September 18, 2009

Date: September 18, 2009
Location: I-5, milepost 282, south of Wilsonville
Names: Herbert Sinclair, David Bowyer, Juan Ramon Mata, Christian J. Gankema, Gary Pawson

Oregon State Police have identified three more victims in a multi-vehicle motorcycle crash. Previously identified were two riders who were critically injured, Herbert Sinclair, 48, of Heyburn, Idaho, and David Bowyer, 44, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The three previously unidentified motorcyclists are Juan Ramon Mata, 60, Christian J. Gankema, 40, and Gary Pawson, 38, all from Idaho. (more…)

Memorial Held for Teacher Killed in Hit-and-Run Bicycle Collision

Posted by Sean DuBois on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Date: September 15, 2009
Location: St. Johns Road and NE 41st St., Vancouver
Names: Gordon Patterson, Antonio Eugene Cellestine

A memorial was held Wednesday, September 23, at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, Washington, for a popular teacher who was killed in a hit-and-run. The tragic accident took place at 4 PM on September 15, 2009, in the 4100 block of St. Johns Road in Vancouver. Gordon Patterson, 50, was on his bicycle when he was struck. The 18-year-old driver, who fled the scene, was taken into police custody later that day. He was held at Clark County Jail on felony hit-and-run charges. (more…)

Driver Who Backed Into Cyclist Charged with Assault

Posted by Sean DuBois on Monday, August 31, 2009

Date: August 31, 2009
Location: NE 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street, Portland
Names: Michael F. Luther, Wayne Conrad Thompson

According to the car accident article, a cyclist is recovering and a man is charged with assault after backing into him in a collision in Northeast Portland on Monday, August 31. Reports said the driver, Wayne Conrad Thompson, 35, of Portland, was going 40 mph when he backed into Michael F. Luther, 52, of Portland. The accident occurred at approximately 2 PM in a parking lot at NE 122nd and Glisan Street in Portland. (more…)

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