Hillsboro cyclist avoids knife attack by passing car

Washington County

Hank Bosak captured it on his GoPro cameras

HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN) — Hank Bosak loves to ride his bike, even after a serious hit-and-run crash in 2004 left him seriously injured.

“It’s a part of my life and I don’t want to stop,” Bosak told KOIN 6 News.

But he did add some safety features, including front- and rear-view GoPro cameras. Whenever he rides he turns them on, and he rides a lot. He estimates he rides as much as 3000 miles a year

This past Saturday, Bosak was on a 30 mile ride by himself headed west on NW Hornecker Road around 2 p.m.

Hank Bosak was threatened by a motorist with a knife as he rode his bike in Hillsboro, June 25, 2019 (KOIN)

“I could see in my little rear view mirror another car was coming and I could see he wasn’t moving over,” he said. The sedan — either a black or dark blue — was doing about 45 mph when it passed by.

“He came by really close and I got scared. I was upset.”

But he got home and decided the next day to review the video from his GoPro to see if he could find the license plate number of the sedan — a Toyota Corolla.

He noticed the Corolla came within an inch of him, he said. But then as he watched the video, he saw something else much more disturbing.

“And that’s when I saw, you know, the knife. … I couldn’t believe it.”

He said he got scared and started the shake. “I couldn’t believe they had tried to do that to me.” So he called the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and filed a report.

“If he had hit me, I would’ve crashed,” he said. “If that had happened and I didn’t have these cameras, no one would’ve known why it happened.”

He also called his lawyer, Ray Thomas, from the law firm that represented him after his 2004 hit-and-run.

Even though the bike-cameras captured the license plate of the car — a Toyota Corolla with the Oregon plate 560 BLS — investigators said it had been sold and the new owner hadn’t yet registered it with the DMV, Thomas told KOIN 6 News in a statement.

Bosak said he knows it’s easy to get mad at bicyclists.

“They’re unprotected, they’re vulnerable so I think it’s easier to think ‘I’m going to pass this guy and not give him the time of day or the gap or anything,’ not realizing we’re human, just like them.”

He also knows his wife would prefer it if he didn’t ride anymore, but he loves to bike.

“I can’t let a few bad people ruin it for everybody.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and reference case number 50-191740742.

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