EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County investigators said a bicyclist was killed in a hit-and-run late Saturday night after being struck by multiple vehicles.
It happened near Lane Community College around 11 p.m. The 54-year-old man was riding his bicycle when he was hit near Forest Boulevard just off 30th Avenue.
Investigators are still looking for the original driver who hit the man and fled the scene.
Motorists found the victim lying in the roadway with his damaged bike not far away. When one driver stopped to try and help the man, he witnessed the injured bicyclist get struck again.
The man was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Deputies are still looking into exactly what happened, but residents described the road as a dangerous biking area.
Resident Leslie Rutberg said, “Almost every time that I’m driving up that road, I see a bicyclist coming and turning with me. And I know coming over the hill, the visibility isn’t super good and people are going pretty fast.”
Avid bicyclists agreed. Greater Eugene Area Riders President Richard Hughes said, “Most of the lighting is coming from a car driving about 55 miles an hour or plus, and the ability to react at a 11 o’clock at night…”
Lane County sheriff’s deputies say the man was heading west on 30th when he was struck by the driver, who was traveling in the same direction.
“People may be tired or a little distracted as drivers are these days, and it’s just an unfortunate situation,” said Hughes.
Many residents believed the spot was difficult for any traveler, whether they were biking or driving. They hoped this tragedy would inspire some sort of future safety precaution.
Investigators said the original hit-and-run driver was in a white Ford passenger vehicle, possibly a station wagon. It’s described as having some front-end damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.