Yesterday at 2 AM, a cyclist was killed in Washington County. The cyclist had fallen and was then hit by a car.
Sadly, I haven’t been able to find out any more information about Erik Lyager. This is a strange case. Our thoughts are with the Lyager family and friends.
KATU notes that two other bicyclists were apparently trying to keep traffic away from the victim before he was hit. What happened? And why did they leave the scene?
Furthermore, why did the cyclist fall? Gravel or poorly maintained roads? Or was it simply a fall?
KGW notes that speed limits in the area are 45 MPH, and there it’s not a lit area. Was the driver speeding? How did the other cyclists not manage to divert traffic from the fallen Lyager?
I’ve left messages with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, which released this report:
June 11: A bicyclist was killed this morning after being struck by a vehicle while he was lying in the roadway. The incident occurred on NW 185th Avenue at about 2:00AM.
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to NW 185th Avenue just south of NW West Union Road. When they arrived they found a white male on the ground with two people administering CPR. The bicyclist has been identified as Erik Lyager, 56, his next of kin have been notified. Mr. Lyager was struck by a vehicle traveling north on NW 185th Avenue. He was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to take over the investigation. They closed NW 185th Avenue for several hours during their investigation. The preliminary results of the investigation show Mr. Lyager crashed his bike prior to being struck by the car. Skid marks on the roadway, and in the gravel on the side of the road, indicate that Mr. Lyager was traveling north when he lost control of his bicycle, crashed, and came to rest in the middle of the roadway. It is unknown at this time, what made Mr. Lyager loose control of his bicycle. It is also unknown how long Mr. Langer was laying in the roadway prior to being struck by the vehicle. He was not wearing a helmet.
Mr. Lyager was struck by a ’01 Pontiac Sunbird. There was no indication the driver had consumed any intoxicates, was driving recklessly, or any other evidence that would indicate the driver was at fault. The driver was not cited.
There were reports that two bicyclists initially stopped and rendered aid to Mr. Lyager after the incident. These two witnesses were gone when deputies arrived. Investigators would like to speak to these witnesses to complete the investigation. If you witnessed this crash, please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700.