Seattle cyclist dies in Lower Bridge Road crash

Motorists spot body by road; DCSO seeks witnesses

TERREBONNE, Ore. - A 32-year-old Seattle woman was killed in an apparent bicycle crash along Lower Bridge Road west of Terrebonne, authorities said Wednesday.

Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday to the report of a serious-injury bike crash on the road near Borden Beck Wildlife Preserve, said sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Dizney.

Passing motorists had spotted a woman unconscious beside the road who appeared to have been involve in a bike crash, Dizney said.

Redmond Fire Department medics and sheriff’s deputies soon arrived and determined the rider, identified as Katie Jenks, was dead, the sheriff said.

An initial investigation determined the woman was heading west on Lower Bridge Road when she left the westbound shoulder for unknown reasons and sustained fatal injuries on the road shoulder, Dizney said.

There were no apparent witnesses to the crash, the sergeant said, “and there is no evidence to suggest there was any contact with another vehicle or any other obstructions.”

“There is evidence to suggest that there may be a mechanical issue relating to her bicycle,” Dizney said.

The investigation is continuing, he said, but Jenks was not wearing a helmet or protective clothing when she was found.

The crash also is not believed to involve alcohol, drugs or other distractions, the sergeant said. Any possible witnesses to the crash were asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 541-693-6911.

The investigation prompted closure of the road’s westbound lane for about 3 1/2 hours. Flaggers from the Deschutes Count Road Department directed alternating traffic.

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