PORTLAND, Ore. – A bicyclist was hit by a semi trailer in downtown Portland Wednesday night and later died from her injuries, police said.
Police identified the woman as 28-year-old Kathryn Leah Rickson. Investigators had originally reported she was 29, but later corrected her age.
Portland Police said Rickson was riding her bike eastbound on SW Madison when the truck made a right hand turn onto 3rd Avenue and hit her. The crash took place at about 8:30 p.m.
Officers from the nearby Central Precinct responded to the accident. There is a green bike box at the intersection and a bicycle helmet was on the ground at the crash scene.
Lt. Robert King with the Portland Police Bureau said this crash was a so-called "right hook." That's where a cyclist is hit by a vehicle turning right.
"The right hook accidents do occur, unfortunately, with some regularity," he said.
However, King said right hook crashes have declined since the city painted the green boxes at busy intersections.
Rickson was originally from the East Coast and had lived in New York City and Rhode Island before moving to Portland.
Witnesses said she was in the bike lane when she was struck by the front right corner of the trailer.
The driver of the truck remained at the scene, according to police. An investigation into the crash is continuing.
If she was indeed in the bike lane as witnesses said, Rickson would have had the right-of-way.
"It is cut and dry from a legal standpoint," said Jonathan Maus, who runs the popular website Bike Portland. "If you are a person riding a bike in a bike lane, someone is driving a car next to you, they are not allowed to cross over that lane if there is a bike present."
Maus wrote on his site that community members will gather at SW 3rd and Morrison on Friday night to hold a vigil for Rickson.
Police remind people that, especially as the weather gets nice, always be vigilant for cyclists when riding in the city.