A 78-year-old woman from Kennewick struck the back end of a bicycle while driving on Highway 101 on the Oregon Coast Saturday, critically injuring the bike's rider.
Oregon State Police have not released the identities of the driver or bike rider. Authorities are investigating the incident and determining whether any charges will be filed, according to a news release.
The 35-year-old cyclist was riding her bike northbound behind her husband south of Cannon Beach.
Just before 1:30 p.m., a 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by the Kennewick resident drifted onto the northbound shoulder, striking the back of the woman's bicycle and ejecting her. The cyclist was wearing a helmet. The van's driver and her husband, who was a passenger, were not injured.
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The cyclist was transported by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment. Traffic on the highway was restricted to one lane for about four hours after the crash.