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We’re seeing in the news that a woman died after being hit by a car while she was riding her bike on River Road on Monday. Here are the updates this morning:
The victim is being identified as Mingo Shay Pelkey, 39, from Eugene.
According to reports, she signaled a lane change and moved into either the left lane or the center turn lane, apparently preparing to make a left turn. She was hit from behind. This was about 7 p.m., so still daylight. She was taken to the hospital, and died there from her injuries.
UPDATE: Here’s the press release from EPD — not much here you haven’t read if you looked at the news reports. But I thought I’d post the verbatim information from the police, edited only slightly to take out dated information. They are saying she was in the “left lane.” River Road is five lanes out there, including a center turn lane. Some other reports indicate she was in the center lane and stopped, waiting to turn. The public information officer at EPD said she didn’t know if Pelkey was stopped or not.
EUGENE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
August 29, 2011
Case No. 11-14528
Eugene Police’s Major Collision Investigation Team is investigating a vehicle-bike crash that occurred at 7:04 this evening [Monday, Aug. 29] in the 2600 block of River Road.
Preliminarily information indicates a female on a bike, Mingo Shay Pelkey, age 39, of Eugene, was riding her bike northbound on River Road between Green Lane and Hunsaker and changed lanes from the far right to the left lane when she was hit from behind by a Volkswagon Passat being driven by James Robert Gleich, age 53, of Springfield.
According to bystanders Pelkey had her hand up to signal and was wearing a helmet. She was taken to a local hospital … The bicyclist died of her injuries at approximately 21:29 hrs on Aug. 29, 2011. Eugene Police MCI team cleared the fatal vehicle vs bicyclist accident scene on Aug. 30, 2011 @ approximately 01:00 hrs. …
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For a list of all posts about the Mingo Pelkey case, go here.