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Police identify cyclist killed in NW Bend crash

Say bike, FedEx truck collided in intersection

Fatal bicyclist accident in Downtown...

BEND, Ore. - (Update: Police identify cyclist, provide new details)

Bend police on Tuesday identified a 31-year-old Bend bicyclist killed in a collision with a FedEx semi-truck at a northwest Bend intersection late Monday morning.

Police also identified a 51-year-old Terrebonne man who was driving the truck. NewsChannel 21 will not identify him, as no charges have been filed in the matter.

Police responded at 11:20 a.m. to the intersection of Northwest Olney Avenue and Wall Street on the reported crash, Lt. Clint Burleigh said. 

Witnesses told Deschutes County 911 dispatchers the cyclist and FedEx semi collided in the intersection.

Bend Fire Department medics also responded to the crash, but the bicyclist, identified as Jonathan Chase Adams, died at the scene of injuries sustained in the crash, Burleigh said.

An initial investigation found the FedEx truck was heading north on Wall Street, turning east onto Olney Avenue, when the bike and truck “collided in the intersection, just east of Northwest Wall Street,” Burleigh said in a news release.

“Fault in the crash is still under investigation,” the lieutenant added.

The Bend Police Traffic Reconstructionist Team was called to the scene and the investigation closed the intersection to most traffic until shortly before 4 p.m., though Burleigh said some traffic was allowed through during the investigation.

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Earlier information:

"Every investigation is different," Burleigh said. "At this point ,we've got our traffic reconstruction team on scene. Obviously it is a fatality at this point. Our goal is to make sure the scene is clear as quick as possible." 

The Bend area has had heavy rain and winds overnight and much of the morning and the roadway was wet as clouds broke up.

Burleigh asked the the public keep an eye out for slick roads. 

"I think it's, as we get into the season where the weather gets more difficult to navigate, whether its in a vehicle or if your riding a bike or walking, I think it's important on everybody to be aware of situations," he said. "It's not just vehicles, it's not just bicycles, it's not just pedestrians -- it's everybody needs to be aware of everybody on the roadways."


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