On the 3rd of April 2017 at approximately 8:19PM, officers of the Hermiston Police Department (HPD) were dispatched to the intersection of Highway 395 and Elm Ave on a report of a collision between a semi-truck and a bicyclist. Within one minute of the incident taking place, a Umatilla County Fire District 1 (UCFD1) battalion chief arrived on scene. Moments later HPD units arrived and secured the area.
Initial investigation shows a semi-truck negotiating a right hand turn off Hwy 395 onto E Elm Ave (Highway 207). During the course of the turn, the semi-truck came into contact with a middle-aged Hermiston male (55 years old) riding a bicycle. The semi-truck continued to travel eastbound on Highway 207. The Oregon State Police (OSP) assisted our agency in stopping the truck on Hwy 730 near the Washington border.
OSP further assisted by processing the semi-truck for evidence. An HPD officer drove to the area and brought the driver of the truck to the police station for a statement. HPD will remain on scene for the next several hours so OSP can conduct a crash reconstruction. The bicyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene.
HPD chaplains will be counseling the family of the bicyclist.
“At this point it is too early in the investigation to speculate all factors involved for what transpired. Because of the dangers at this intersection we do have it under video surveillance and this incident was partially captured. We will use that evidence and other information gleaned during the investigation to present to the district attorney’s office.”
“Other factors considered in matters such as this will be speed, visibility of the bicyclist, any potential impairment from all parties involved, witness statements, etc,” -Chief Jason Edmiston.