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Another Oregon cyclist fatality, driver again claims to be blinded by the sun
Bicyclist killed by SUV on West Union ID'd by police
12:46 AM PDT on Sunday, September 17, 2006
By FRANK MUNGEAM, kgw.com Staff
Michael Kalan, 35, of Portland was struck and killed Friday evening while riding along NW West Union, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Kalan collided with a Ford Expedition SUV driven by 39 year-old Denise Gudmundsson of Yamhill. According to reports, the cyclist was riding eastbound on NW West Union and the SUV was westbound.
Gudmundsson, who had three young children in her vehicle, told investigators the sun was in her eyes and she did not see the cyclist as she crossed the eastbound lane to turn onto NW Shute Rd.
Life Flight was called but Kalan died at the scene. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
The cause of the crash was still under investigation and no charges had been filed.