PORTLAND – The cyclist who survived after being critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in June said he was still hoping the suspect would come forward. In the meantime, he continued his long road to recovery.
Michael Cooley, 59, was riding his bike in North Portland around 11:30 p.m. on June 15 when he was hit by a driver, police said.
According to his wife, Lori Cooley, her husband was only about two miles from home. He was wearing two reflective vests and five flashing lights.
Cooley suffered injuries to his chest, abdomen and spine, with broken bones. He is currently undergoing extensive rehabilitation.
Although Cooley doesn't know if he'll be able to walk again, he says he's grateful to be so far along in his recovery, given the extent of his injuries.
"It's amazing, just amazing," he says of his recovery so far.
Police have not identified a suspect in the crash, but Cooley and his family said they still hope the driver will come forward.
A benefit dinner and concert for Cooley was set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Portland Metro Church on 5004 NE 6th Ave. The $10 admission will be put towards Cooley’s medical bills.