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Serious Injury Crash Involving Bicycle and Motor Vehicle - Highway 99E north of Brooks
November 2, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's crash along Highway 99E about a mile north of Brooks that resulted in serious injuries to a 16-year old male riding a bicycle. The names of the involved driver and bicyclist are released in this update. OSP will be consulting with the Marion County District Attorney's Office upon completion of the investigation for a decision on enforcement action.
 
According to Lieutenant Tim Fox, on November 2, 2012 at approximately 9:15 a.m., a 2004 Jeep Cherokee driven by SHERRY W. SMEAD, age 60, from Woodburn, was northbound on Highway 99E near milepost 40 when it crossed the centerline and southbound lane where it colliding into a BMX-style bicycle ridden southbound in a wide gravel area off the side of the highway. After colliding with the bicycle, the vehicle returned onto the highway and traveled a short distance before turning around and returning to the scene.
 
The bicycle rider, identified as JAVIER LUEVANO-PLASCENCHIA, age 16, from Woodburn, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. He was not wearing a protective helmet.
 
SMEAD cooperated throughout today's investigation. OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are investigating with the assistance of the Marion County District Attorney's Office. No enforcement decision has been made.
 
OSP was assisted at the scene by Marion County Fire District #1 and ODOT.