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Old 07-01-05, 11:36 AM   #1
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Memorial for Kris Okins tonight in Portland

There will be a memorial for Kristine (Kris) tonight (7/1/05) at Berbati's (19 SW 2nd) at 6 pm.

Cyclist latest in a string of road fatalities
Kristine Ann Okins, a 25-year-old bike messenger, is the fourth rider since May 30 to be killed on Portland-area streets
The Oregonian Friday, July 01, 2005
She had a mop of curly red hair and loved to read old sea adventures.

Kristine Ann Okins, 25, had been a bicycle messenger for two years when she was struck by a truck Monday in downtown Portland. She died Tuesday at OHSU Hospital.

Okins was riding her bike adjacent to the truck at the intersection of Southwest Broadway and Washington Street about 9:17 a.m., said Sgt. Brian Schmautz of the Portland Police Bureau. The truck was southbound at 2 to 5 m.p.h. when Okins was struck. Neither Okins nor the driver was impaired, and no citations have been issued, Schmautz said.

Okins, who lived in Portland, is one of four bicyclists who have died in roadway collisions in the past few weeks.

Brenda S. Elliott, 39, was killed Wednesday night on the Springwater Trail when she was hit by a truck. A retired Tigard High School teacher, Eric Kautzky, 56, was killed two weeks ago while bicycling in Sherwood. Noah Cardamon, 23, was killed May 30 in Southeast Portland when he was hit by a suspected drunken driver.

"It has already been a bad summer as far as cyclist safety," said Kasandra Griffin, spokeswoman for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. "Having four within the early summer is definitely a lot. It's too many."

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