July 5, 2017

Seattle woman dies in Lower Bridge Way bike crash

From Deschutes County Sheriff's Office:


Location: Lower Bridge Road near Borden Beck Wildlife Preserve 

By: Sgt. Kevin Dizney 

Victim: Jenks, Katie Age: 32 (Seattle, WA) 

On Wednesday 7/5/17, at approximately 11:38 AM, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a serious injury bicycle crash on Lower Bridge Way near Borden Beck Wildlife Preserve. Passing motorists observed a female bike rider unconscious on the side of the road who appeared to have been involved in a bicycle crash. Upon arrival of the Redmond Fire Department and sheriff's deputies, it was determined the rider was deceased. 

An initial investigation determined the female rider was traveling westbound on Lower Bridge Road when for unknown reasons, she went off the westbound shoulder of the roadway and sustained fatal injuries on the shoulder of the roadway. There are no witnesses to this crash and there is no evidence to suggest there was any contact with another vehicle or any other obstructions. There is evidence to suggest there may be a mechanical issue relating to her bicycle. The rider was not wearing a protective helmet or other clothing. The investigation is ongoing. 

The westbound lane of travel was closed for approximately 3.5 hours to allow for this investigation. Travel both ways was facilitated with flaggers provided by the Deschutes County Road Department. 

Alcohol, drugs, or other distractions are not believed to be involved in this crash. Any possible witnesses to this accident are asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office at 541-693-6911

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