Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy Hits and Kills Bicyclist
EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon State Police is investigating a crash on Highway 99 just south of the Randy Pape Beltline overpass after a Lane County Sheriff’s deputy hit and killed a woman on a bike Thursday night.
Oregon State Police say the call came in just after 9 p.m.
OSP says preliminary information indicates the bicyclist was traveling northbound in the travel lane at the time of the incident and was wearing dark clothing with no rear lighting on the bicycle.
OSP says the deputy, whose identity is not being released, was on duty at the time of the crash and was driving a patrol vehicle. Investigators say where the incident occured, there was very little ambient lighting.
Minutes after the crash another deputy arrived on scene and pronounced the woman dead.
The identity of the victim has not yet been released as investigators are trying to contact next of kin.
Late Thursday night, the medical examiner was on scene along with several Oregon State Police and Eugene Police investigators.
The highway was reduced to one lane in both directions.
Troopers say it’s too early in the investigation to know if the deputy will face any charges.
OSP also says it could be days before we know the name of the deputy involved in the crash.
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