EUGENE, Ore. – A bizarre vehicle-versus-bike collision sent a bicyclist to the hospital after he ran away from the scene in downtown Eugene.
The accident happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening and closed several lanes in the 1000 block of Willamette Street.
Eugene police say a bicyclist jetted into traffic across West 11th Avenue, crashing into a motorist's windshield. The motorist – who police say is not at fault – tried to help the rider. When the driver got out of her car, the bicyclist reportedly got up from the ground, hopped on his bike and attempted to ride away.
When the bicyclist realized his bike was too damaged to ride, he reportedly ditched the bike and sprinted away from the scene. The bicyclist was described as a male, between 40 and 50 years old.
The driver was not injured in the accident, but was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released. The Eugene Police Major Collision Investigation team responded to the scene to conduct its investigation.
About an hour after the crash, police received calls saying a "disorderly" man was undressing just blocks from where the collision occurred. Police located a man with injuries consistent to what police expect a bicyclist would sustain from the collision. The bike rider, matching the description the driver on scene provided, was found in bikini bottoms and a sweatshirt.
Police reported the bicyclist received severe head trauma when his head crashed into the driver’s windshield. Sgt. Michael Gilbert with the Eugene Police said the bicyclist was in serious condition and transported to a nearby hospital. However, police have yet to identify the man.
“I can’t think of any vehicle-versus-bike incident," Gilbert said, "that would be this strange in all my experience."
He said the fact that the bicyclist has stripped himself of his pants and wallet was consistent with serious head trauma. Police do not plan on issuing any citations. However, they are trying to determine the man's identity. Anyone with information is asked to contact Eugene Police.