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Bicycle Rider Seriously Injured by Drunk Driver

Date:  December 23, 2011
Location:  South Beavercreek Road, Clackamas County
Name:  John Crosswhite, Lonnie Lee Baker

A Molalla man has been arrested and charged in connection with an accident in which a cyclist was struck and critically injured on Friday afternoon.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sergeant James Rhodes said that Lonnie Lee Baker, 62, of Molalla, was driving a pickup truck on South Beavercreek Road at around 2:40 p.m. Friday. As Baker neared South Ferguson Road, his truck hit John Crosswhite, 47, who was riding his bike on the shoulder of the road. Crosswhite received serious, life-threatening injuries and was flown by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. As of Saturday, his condition was listed as critical, according to the report on OregonLive.com.

Police arrested Baker at the scene for driving under the influence and assault.

Our thoughts go out to John Crosswhite and his family. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

In the wake of a tragedy like this, each person must deal with it in whatever way works best for them. We would never try to talk someone into taking legal action. It is an individual decision that can only be made by the Crosswhite family.

We encourage people to educate themselves on the law of drunk driving in Oregon, and we provide free information to help you settle your lawsuit without an attorney. But when a drunk driver is involved, the law becomes very tricky, and you should contact an experienced Oregon injury attorney.

This kind of collision also raises questions about the overall safety of Portland roadways for bikes and bikers. The Crosswhite family may want to consider consulting a personal injury attorney with experience in bicycle accidents about his/her options in this case – and to do so soon.

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