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Old 07-12-05, 12:43 PM
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mikdes
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We lost a bike messenger here in Portland a couple weeks ago. I couldn't get the link to work, so here are the details.

Bike Messenger Dies After Collision With Semi Truck

Crash Details Not Clear

PORTLAND -- A bicycle messenger was fatally wounded this week in a collision with a semi truck in downtown Portland.

Police say 24-year-old Kristine Okins was in the bike lane on Southwest Broadway Monday morning when the wreck occurred.

Witnesses told police that the truck and bicycle were stopped at the light at Washington Street. As the light turned green, both continued southbound, and the bike sped ahead. About 150 feet past the intersection, a witness saw Okins and her bike under the wheel of the truck. The truck had not turned its wheels or changed lanes.

Coworkers told KOIN News 6 that Okins was conscious after the crash and called them to report the incident. She was taken to Oregon Health and Science University, where her condition worsened. She died Tuesday before investigators could speak with her.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-2103.

No charges were initially filed against the truck driver. Police say he was not impaired.

Okins' coworkers described her as an outgoing and determined woman.

A fund was established to help the family with funeral expenses. Donations can be made to the Kristine Okins Memorial Fund at U.S. Bank branches.

This just happened today. Talk about lucky!

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