PPB: Driver not at fault in deadly crash with bicyclist


Victim identified as 64-year-old Gene Arthur Courtney

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Police Bureau has identified the victim from Friday’s deadly crash in North Portland that claimed the life of a Portland bicyclist.

A patrol officer came upon the crash on North MLK Boulevard and Union Court around 4:45 p.m. The officer immediately called for medical help. But emergency responders pronounced the bicyclist dead when they arrived.

Gene Arthur Courtney, 64, was killed after swerving into traffic on North MLK Boulevard Friday afternoon. PPB said the “unanticipated lane intrusion” was the “initiating factor” in the collision.

“Impairment and/or Distracted Driving on the part of the driver do not appear to be factors in the crash,” PPB said in a statement Saturday morning.

According to PPB’s report, the driver noted the bicyclist was slightly weaving in the bike lane before abruptly swerving the bicycle into the two northbound lanes. Police said Courtney may have been maneuvering towards a ramp on the opposite side of the road in the southbound lanes — which comes from the Delta Park area.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time. If anyone has information about this crash, please contact Officer David Enz.

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