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Bend police seek suspect SUV in hit-and-run crash that injured 15-year-old riding e-bike

Bend Police Dept.

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend police sought information from the public Wednesday to help find a suspect in a hit-and-run crash in northeast Bend late Tuesday afternoon that injured a 15-year-old e-bike rider.

Police were dispatched around 4:25 p.m. Tuesday to the reported crash in the 2000 block of Northeast Highway 20, Communications Manager Sheila Miller said.

The cyclist was heading east in the bike lane on an electric bike when he crossed the west driveway of a small shopping plaza that includes Cibelli’s, Allure Nails and Double Tap Firearms, and struck the rear passenger side of a vehicle turning into the driveway from a center lane, Miller said.

The cyclist was thrown from the bike, she said, suffering a dislocated elbow and broken arm. The driver entered the parking lot, paused, then backed toward the east driveway and turned back onto the highway.

Officers reviewed surveillance video from a nearby business and determined the suspect vehicle likely was an older Jeep Grand Cherokee or Ford Escape, in a two-tone tan or gold, with darker paint on the bottom half, Miller said.

The force of the impact may have damaged the rear passenger side of the SUV, Miller said, adding that “it’s extremely unlikely the driver would not have known a collision occurred.” She noted that it is a crime to leave the scene of a crash without providing information to those involved.

Police asked anyone with information about the crash or suspect vehicle to call the Deschutes County dispatch non-emergency number at 541-693-6911.

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  1. I know the shopping center but I thought it was on 20 not 29. I thik te cops should check to see if anyone oredered a pizza and didn’t pick it up!

  2. Based on the information in this article if the vehicle would have stopped and rendered aid that driver would not be in trouble,the article makes it appear that the bike ran into the back of the car. That being said – the driver who left the scene needs to be prosecuted.

    This is also a perfect example of why any powered bikes, either electric or the small engines being used, should be treated like any other motor cycle/bike. My understanding is if they stay under 20mph they are treated like a bycicle. 20mph down a sidewalk on a silent e-bike would be easy to miss.

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