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Bicyclist critically injured in hit-and-run crash

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This photo shows the bicycle that Mike Cooley was riding when police said he was hit by a pickup truck that left the scene. (KATU photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police are asking for the public’s help with information about a hit-and-run crash that critically injured a bicyclist in North Portland Saturday night.

Mike Cooley, 59, was riding north on North Interstate Avenue just north of Greeley Avenue when he was hit by a pickup truck at 11:30 p.m., police said. Cooley is in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

Cooley's wife, Lori Cooley, said her husband is unconscious and on a ventilator. She said he's not moving his legs and she fears he may be paralyzed, but it could have been much worse if her husband wasn't so focused on safety.

"I want to say how important it was that he wore his helmet," she said. "He had his helmet on and that helmet took a beating and got trashed, and that would have been his head if he hadn't had that helmet on.

"It is really a blessing to know that he's in there and that he doesn't have so much brain damage that he doesn't know me and he doesn't know what he's doing," she said.

A witness said the pickup truck was a white Ford model, possibly from the late 1990s. The witness told police that the driver was driving erratically before the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Officer Chris Johnson at 503-823-2213.

A fund for medical bills has been set up at any U.S. Bank in the name of Mike Cooley.

Lori Cooley said she hopes the person responsible will come forward.

"I believe in mankind and I believe they would not hit somebody and leave them for dead. We really need him to do the right thing. Man up and come forward and let us know."

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the Ford pickup was a late 1970s model. It is suspected to be a late 1990s model.