One more driver facing prison time for colliding with a Portland cyclist

One more driver facing prison time for colliding with a Portland cyclist

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland police detectives have arrested and charged Wayne Conrad Thompson with one count of assault in the first degree for a collision with a  bicyclist in Northeast Portland.

This is the second collision between a motorist and bicyclist in the past two days on Northeast Portland's 122nd Avenue stretch.  The first collision was early Thursday morning at 122nd Avenue and Fremont Street. The driver in that first crash has not yet been identified; the cyclist - identified as 52-year-old James Neal Wagner of Portland - died at the scene.

This accident occurred Friday afternoon. Thompson was reportedly driving a Kia Sportage around 2 p.m. at Northeast 122nd Avenue Wayne Conrad Thompson's booking photoand Glisan Street when the accident occurred. Police initially said they were questioning the driver, who appeared to be cooperating, to determine whether the collision was "an accident or intentional." 

No clarification on how the accident occurred has been released to KATU News. Thompson was apparently booked Saturday at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Police report that the victim remains in serious condition Saturday. A police spokesperson said they will not release the name of the victim "due to investigative reasons." 

In Oregon, when a car hits a bicyclist this can be classified by the district attorneys office as assault with a deadly weapon. Assault with a deadly weapon is a Measure 11 offense in Multnomah County.

If a driver is found to be reckless or intentional in regards to a crash with a bicyclist, the charge carries a minimum prison sentence from nearly 6 years (for second degree charges) to 7 1/2 years (for first degree charges), respectively, under Measure 11 rules.

- Web Producer Jennifer Meacham contributed to this report.


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