Cyclist hit, killed near Cleveland High School

A bicyclist was struck and killed near the intersection of Southeast 26th Avenue and Powell Boulevard Tuesday morning, Portland police said.

Police and fire responded at 11:49 a.m. to reports of a crash near Cleveland High School, authorities said. They found a cyclist dead at the scene. According to police, the victim was a woman in her 40s. They will release her name once her family is notified, they said.

The driver of the semi-trailer involved remained at the scene of the accident and cooperated, police said.

Fatal crash

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle outside Cleveland High School on Oct. 4, 2022. (Photo: Dave Killen/The Oregonian)

Accident investigators placed evidence markers under the truck’s right-hand tire. Skid marks were visible at the intersection on the southeast corner of 26th and Powell Boulevard.

Southeast Powell was closed between 25th and 27th avenues during the initial phase of the investigation.

JoAnn Wadkins, Cleveland High School principal, sent an email to parents.

“Our community witnessed a tragic incident that occurred during lunch today,” the email said. “Late this morning, near our campus, a bicyclist was struck and killed. We moved our students safely into the building and have been in Lock Out to allow the police to conduct their investigation. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we are not in able to share more information at this time.”

Wadkins added that she knew some students “witnessed the collision and may need counseling and support services” and provided a list of trauma counselors and their contact information.

Police asked anyone with information about this incident to call (503) 823-2103 or email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov.

— Savannah Edens; seadens@oregonian.com; 503-221-6651; @savannaheadens

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