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16 Sep 2014
17 Sep 2014
Police seek family members of injured Molalla bicyclist
Oregon State Police are seeking family members of an injured bicyclist as officers continue an investigation into a serious injury bicycle-involved crash that occurred Thursday, July 10 along Highway 211, just east of Molalla.
Lt. Gregg Hastings, a spokesman for the OSP, said police have not been able to reach any family members of the injured bicyclist, Daniel Lawrence Nyberg, 44.
Nyberg is believed to live in the Molalla area and has previously resided in Portland. The hospital staff and lead OSP investigator, Sgt. Jason Lindland, have not been able to locate any family members to notify them where Nyberg is being treated.
At approximately 7:40 a.m. Thursday, Nyberg was riding a bicycle westbound on Highway 211 near South Vaughan Road when he suddenly turned left into the path of a westbound pickup truck approaching from behind. He was not wearing a protective helmet.
Hastings said the initial investigation indicates alcohol is a possible contributing factor on the part of the injured bicyclist.
The driver of the 2005 Toyota pickup, Victor Maxfield, age 32, from Molalla, wasn't able to avoid the bicyclist, and the truck struck Nyberg.Nyberg was flown by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health and Science University hospital. Initial information indicated Nyberg was in critical condition, but as of Friday, Hastings said his injuries are not life threatening.
Maxfield was not injured.
Molalla Police Department, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT assisted OSP at the scene. The highway was closed for about 45 minutes.