September 17, 2012
Lieutenant Doug Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's collision that seriously injured a 23-year old man riding a bicycle after he was struck by a vehicle along Highway 138W just east of Elkton.
According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on September 17, 2012 at approximately 9:45 a.m. DIO LEE PADDOCK, age 23, from Elkton, was riding a small BMX style bicycle eastbound along Highway 138W near milepost 1 when he was struck from behind by the right front corner of a Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven JOHN R. WICKS, age 64, from Florence. Sun and shade may have been a factor affecting the driver's visibility of the bicyclist in an area where the roadway has narrow shoulders.
PADDOCK was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.
WICKS remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Any decision on enforcement action will be made after reviewing the investigation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office when completed. Senior Trooper Dave Stone is the lead investigator.
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