PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman hit by an SUV while riding a motor scooter in Portland on Friday died.
Susan Bartlett was riding a PGO scooter when she was hit by the SUV at Northeast Tillamook Street and 40th Avenue around 9 p.m. that night. The 66-year-old woman, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was rushed to a hospital but died during surgery.
Investigators determined the SUV turned in front of Bartlett and they collided head-on. The driver was cited at the scene for an improperly executed left turn.
Bartlett was an active member of the St. Johns Scooter Club and the news of her death hit members and friends hard.
“Auto drivers need to see us, motorcyclists, motorscooters and bicyclists, they need to see us on the road and share the road with us because these deadly accidents need to stop,” said club member Bill Chin.
He said Bartlett “was also a volunteer at KBOO, she sang on the Portland Peace Choir and she was an environmental activist and a social justice activist.”
And, Chin said, she took safety seriously.
“She was an experienced rider, she always wore her protective gear, even in hot weather.”
Just earlier that day, she stopped in a Vespa Portland for new tires, said owner Andrew Callaci.
“Just disbelief you know,” Callaci said. “Anyone who rides a scooter or motorcycle knows, you know they teach you in the training class that you might not come home someday. And it’s something you have to be OK with, but it’s something you don’t expect to happen.”
Chin said several Portland area scooter clubs will be gathering beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for a memorial ride and vigil. They plan to meet at Signal Station Pizza in St. Johns, then ride at 8 p.m. to the intersection of NE 40th and Tillamook, where Sue was hit.
The group will then hold a vigil at the crash site at 8:30 p.m.
Hers is the 40th traffic death in Portland this year.