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Fatal Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - West B Street & Highway 20 in Burns

September 5, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Photograph links valid at least 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police

Photo #1 - Intersection looking west showing downhill grade on West B Street approaching intersection

Photo #2 - Eastward look at intersection from direction victim was riding

Photo #3 - Bicycle


A 14-year old male on a bicycle died Wednesday from injuries sustained when he failed to stop for a stop sign and collided into the side of a semi-trailer traveling through an intersection in Burns. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

On September 4, 2013 at approximately 3:00 p.m., JONATHAN "JP" PTACEK, age 14, from Burns, was riding a bicycle eastbound downhill on West B. Street. As the bicyclist approached the intersection with Highway 20 (N. Broadway Avenue), he didn't stop at a stop sign and ran into the side of a semi-trailer traveling south on Highway 20 that was pulled by 2008 Freightliner truck driven by WILLIAM L. WIGGINS, age 54, from Homedale, Idaho. The trailer's tires ran over the bicyclist and he was critically injured.

WIGGINS wasn't aware the bicycle hit the side of the trailer until he saw it in his side mirror lying in the roadway. WIGGINS then immediately stopped and saw the injured victim. WIGGINS has cooperated fully with investigators and there is no indication he was at fault.

PTACEK was transported by ambulance to Harney District Hospital and then taken by AirLink air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where he was pronounced deceased after arrival. Use of a helmet is pending confirmation.

OSP troopers from the Burns work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Tim Thomas is the lead investigator.

The posted speed for traffic in the vicinity of the intersection on both Highway 20 and West B Street is 25 mph. The bicyclist's speed and failure to stop at a stop sign are probable contributing factors.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Burns Police Department, Hines Police Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.

Bicycle safety information available on ODOT's website:

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