Hit-and-run driver appears to have struck cyclist on purpose
01:45 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 22, 2006
By ANTONIA GIEDWOYN, kgw.com Staff
SCHOLLS, Ore. -- A hit-and-run driver struck a bicyclist last weekend who was training for a ride to raise money for cancer research, and the incident may have been intentional.
(The portion of Hwy. 219 where the bicyclist was struck.)
The victim, Cindy Sharp, is a surgeon and mother of two-year-old triplets. She underwent a four-hour surgery Tuesday for her arm, which was severely injured.
Sharp had been one of four cyclists descending a hill northbound on Highway 219, a little west of Scholls in Washington County, Saturday afternoon when she was apparently hit and pushed off the road by the trailer of a pickup truck towing a boat, said Sgt. David Thompson with Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The impact threw Sharp off her bike and into the bottom of a ditch. She said water was thrown at her by someone in the truck as it passed, before the trailer hit her.
“Obeying the rules of the road and being as accommodating to motorists as possible, she was riding close to the white painted fog line at the right side of the road. The truck refused to make any allowance for the cyclists it was passing and did not move to the left to give any clearance even though there was no oncoming traffic,” said cycling coach and team leader John Schader.
Schader said the same boat trailer had brushed his shoulder as the vehicle passed him and came extremely close to one of the other cyclists. The driver had been tailgating a vehicle in front of it which had safely passed the bicyclists. The driver who was tailgated had made room for the cyclists, as Oregon law requires motorists to do.
The suspect vehicle was described as a shiny red, late model pickup truck towing a very new-looking black and red ski boat, possibly a 23-foot Centurian model.
Anyone who sees the vehicle was asked to write down the license plate number and call police.
Sharp was riding with Team In Training, the nation's largest endurance sports training program which raises over $500 million annually to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
(KGW reporter Amy Troy contributed to this article.)