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PORTLAND -- A Portland woman has died after getting struck by a semi-truck Wednesday evening at SW 3rd and Madison in downtown Portland.

Police identified her Thursday as 28-year-old Kathryn Leah Rickson.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Rickson was traveling eastbound on SW Madison Street and the truck was turning right from Madison onto 3rd Avenue when the collision occurred, said Lt. Robert King.

The driver, later identified as 49-year-old Dawayne Ray Eacret of Keizer, remained at the scene and witnessed said he was extremely distraught.

A witness told KGW that Rickson was next to the semi just before the collision and the truck turned into her.

By the time they had noticed that they had run over her, they stopped, witness Fuchsia Siroys said. She was still alive. We saw her leg move and they they backed up to try and get her and then people pulled her out.

On Thursday, a memorial with flowers had been created at the site. Friends of the victim told KGW Rickson was an aspiring playwright and always rode her bike.

I'm really having a hard time, said friend Valerie Liptak. She was an avid cyclist, she was always riding her bike. That's the only transportation she had and she was always careful.

Liptak is the director of the Madison House, a non-profit community home tailored toward women graduate students. Rickson lived there from 2008 until 2010 and remained in touch with Liptak.

At this point, police are still trying to figure who, if anyone, was to blame for the woman's death. There is a green bike box painted at the intersection of 3rd and Madison but investigators said that Rickson and the semi-truck were both moving at the time of the collision.

Jonathan Maus, with BikePortland, said when bicyclists and cars are not stopped at a red light, the boxes don't provide much protection.

It really doesn't have much safety impact at all, other than warning people that this might be a high-risk situation, he said.

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