Motorist charged after hitting cyclist

Bad car-bike collision overnight.

This from Eugene Police’s Melinda V. McLaughlin:

Police responded to a crash at 2:36 a.m. at 11th and High involving a bicycle and vehicle. The driver of the vehicle Patrick Compton, age 21, has subsequently been arrested and charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

The victim, a 24-year-old male, has sustained life threatening injuries. The road closure is expected to last until at least 8 a.m. this morning while EPD’s Major Collision Team continues to investigate. Initial findings are that the bicyclist was westbound on West 11th near High when he was hit from behind by Compton, who was driving westbound in a Toyota 4-Runner. Indications are that the bicyclist was in the bike lane.

The road was reopened this morning, police said. Police added that the name of the injured 24-year-old man would be released after it was confirmed that his family had been notified.

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