Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Hit-And-Run Crash in N. Portland
Date: June 16, 2013
Location: North Greeley and Interstate Avenue intersection, North Portland, Oregon
Name: Michael Cooley
Michael Cooley, employed with the postal service, was on his way home after his shift. A white pickup reportedly hit him from the rear at a very high speed. The victim’s wife, Lori, revealed that her husband was “left for dead” by the motorist. The incident was reported to 911 by two drivers who seem to be the only witnesses. They also administered CPR on Michael till help arrived.
Cooley is being treated at the Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. Reports have revealed that the victim might be paralyzed from waist down. He could also suffer permanent brain damage.
The couple had planned on spending Father’s Day with their son and grandkids. Lori fears that her husband might never walk again. Cooley reportedly got thrown 30 to 40 feet and the impact was so severe that his shoes got knocked off.
Lori, who is now praying for her husband’s well being, is hoping that the driver will turn himself/herself in. Also, she hopes to meet the good Samaritans who helped her husband.
We hope Michael is able to recover from this accident, and that the hit and run driver is held accountable. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.
According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.
We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, Shulman DuBois LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.
In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.
In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:
- 1) They did not have insurance.
- 2) They were driving intoxicated.
If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.
If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.
We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.