PORTLAND -- A bicyclist on his way home from work Saturday night was critically injured after he was hit by a pickup truck driver who fled the scene, police said.
The victim's wife said he likely wouldn't be alive if it weren't for witnesses who provided CPR and called 911.
Police were called at about 11:30 p.m. to the report of a crash on North Interstate Avenue, just north of Greeley Avenue, said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Responding officers found the victim, 59-year-old Mike Jan Cooley of North Portland, injured at the scene. He was taken to a Portland hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Monday.
Lori Cooley told KGW her husband suffered spinal injuries and head trauma. She asked that the driver of the pickup come forward. She also said her husband's life was saved by the people who helped him afterward.
"We’re so grateful to the people who stopped and helped Mike, and called 911 and did CPR," she said. "I don’t believe he would have survived without that because he was unconscious, not breathing, didn’t have a heart rate when they found him."
"A witness described to police seeing a white Ford pick-up, possibly late 1970s model, driving erratically before the crash," Simpson said. He sent out a picture of a similar vehicle (below).
Anyone with information was asked to call officer Chris Johnson at (503) 823-2213 or send an email here.
A fund has been set up to help the family with medical expenses. Donations can be made at any area U.S. Bank branch.