What should you do if you're the victim of a hit-and-run?
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Police across the area are investigating several hit-and-run crashes with cyclists as victims.
Police in Woodburn are still searching for the person who hit a 66-year-old man on a bike Friday night, and left him bleeding and badly hurt.
Most recently, a man journeying from coast to coast on his bike got run down by a driver, who then fled the scene.
Craig Spiezle's cross-country bike ride got off to a rough start. He was hit Tuesday morning in Corbett off Highway 30.
“Next thing you know, I crashed and a car came up and the right mirror clipped me and took me down,” said Spiezle. “It's kind of surreal, like slow motion when something like that happens.”
Fortunately, he said scrapes were the worst of it. The driver stayed on scene, at first. Spiezle said the woman even helped clean off his wound, but then demanded cash upfront for the damage to her car.
His buddies called 911, and she took off.
“They just took some photos of the car but no one really thought it was more than a documentation of the car and bike than thinking you have a situation,” he said.
In hindsight, Spiezle wishes he got a better picture of the woman and her license plate.
There are steps you need to take if you’re hit, before calling 911.
According to Bike Portland, collecting evidence should be your number one priority, especially if you can get it on video.
“Try to get in touch with businesses that are nearby to get video evidence because that's incontrovertible. If the police can see video evidence, that's going to be really important to the case,” said Jonathan Maus, publisher of BikePortland.org.
Take stock in your body.
Don't underestimate your pain just because you don't feel it right away.
“Report that kind of thing. It really matters to get that on the books as a reported collision. Make sure you do a DMV report and police report because that stuff matters,” said Maus.
These reports help the city collect data.
Gather as many witnesses as you can.
“As soon as you can, turn to people and say, ‘Did you see that? What's your name and phone number? Are you willing to tell me what you saw?” said Maus. “It's really important.”
Lastly, call 911 and report the incident no matter how insignificant you think it is.