HILLSBORO, Ore. - Police are investigating a traffic crash Wednesday morning that critically injured a 55-year-old man who was riding on a scooter.
The crash happened around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Tualatin Valley Highway and Imlay Street.
"I just saw the individual fly up over the car straight up and straight down," said Ken Kahler, who was on his way to a nearby elementary school to do some maintenance work. "I said you better send the helicopter - we're going to need it."
According to police, the man on the scooter suddenly went off a sidewalk and veered into the road, right into the path of a 1996 Toyota Camry, driven by an 18-year-old Beaverton man. The driver, who police said was driving 35 miles per hour at the time, could not stop in time to avoid a collision.
"(He was) very shaken up," said Regan Homer, a nurse who stopped to help out. "He was on the phone. I think he had a female passenger in the car and she was shaken up too. She didn't want to get out of the car for a minute or two."
The man on the scooter suffered multiple injuries as a result of the crash and was flown in a medical helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University. The driver of the Toyota was not injured.
Police do not believe drugs, alcohol, or recklessness were factors in the crash, but the Washington County Crash Analysis Team is investigating what happened. No citations have been issued. At this point police believe the driver did everything he could to avoid hitting the man.
Tualatin Valley Highway was closed between Brookwood Avenue and Century Boulevard until approximately 11 a.m. as police investigated the crash.
Police have not released the names of the driver or the man who was on the scooter.