Bicyclists hold 'die-in' after man's leg severed in Powell Blvd. crash
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Bicyclists are holding a "die-in" at Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) headquarters in downtown Portland Wednesday, several days after a fellow biker's leg was severed by a pickup truck driver.
Alistair S. Corkett, 22, and a friend were riding their bikes southbound along SE 26th Avenue Sunday morning. A pickup truck driver traveling in the opposite direction crashed into Corkett while attempting to make a left turn into Powell Boulevard. Corkett was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and later lost one of his legs due to the crash.
The road is technically considered a highway, and falls under the jurisdiction of ODOT. Just last month, ODOT began the design of $3.8 billion worth of changes that would include a dedicated left-turn light for traffic turning from SE 26th on Powell Boulevard.
Bike riders doused themselves in fake blood while they laid on the ground outside ODOT's headquarters Wednesday afternoon.
"It can be very scary... you have to be really careful crossing the street and I just don't think it's acceptable anymore. We know how to design streets so they don't kill us," protester Amy Subach said.
The protest was organized by Bike Loud PDX; protesters also used chalk to outline body shapes, reminiscent of those used at crime scenes.
Corkett, who was an experienced rider with the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, is expected to recover. His friends have helped raise more than $65,000 for his recovery on a crowdfunding website.
Police have not filed charges against the pickup truck driver, 42-year-old Barry Scott Allen.
Monday, Portland's bicycling community held a protest along SE Powell Boulevard, maintaining it's a dangerous stretch of road for both bikers and pedestrians.