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Teen bicyclist struck by hit-and-run driver in Portland

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A 16-year-old bicyclist was in serious condition at a local hospital Wednesday night after being hit by a tow truck in southeast Portland earlier in the day.

Officers responded to the crash at Southeast 7th Avenue and Taylor Street at 10:50 a.m.

Investigators said the teen was riding southbound on 7th Avenue in a bike lane when a tow truck heading in the same direction turned right onto Taylor Street and hit the teen. The driver kept on going, police said.

The driver and tow truck involved in the crash were later found, police said. As of Wednesday night, no arrests had been made in the case.

The teenage boy suffered traumatic injuries, but police said he is expected to survive.

The crash is at least the third serious hit-and-run involving a bicyclist in the Portland metro area within the past few months.

Henry Schmidt was hit by a car earlier this month near Southeast Barbur while riding his bicycle home from work.

And since mid-June, Mike Cooley has spent his life inside a Portland hospital after a separate hit-and-run crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Every day has been a struggle, Cooley told FOX 12 inside a waiting room in the rehabilitation unit at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

"Nobody should have to go through it, whether they have minor injuries or whether they end up in a hospital like me," Cooley said.

Portland police still haven't identified the driver who hit Cooley. Surveillance photos released by police showed a Ford F350 crew cab pickup that they believe was involved. But the only thing Cooley remembers is the sound of tires and an engine, then waking up in a strange place, he said. It ended up being the hospital.

"It is frustrating that someone would do that and just leave," Cooley said.

Cooley said he doesn't dwell too much on what happened to him. He's forgiven the driver who hit him and tries to focus on his recovery with his loving family by his side, he said.    

It hasn't been easy, Cooley and his wife said. 

But Cooley said he hopes we all learn a valuable lesson from everything he's been through.

"One of my hopes is people will be more safe on the road," Cooley said. "They'll pay attention to what they're doing, drivers and bicyclists."

Cooley said he hopes to go home within a few weeks, he said.

A benefit dinner concert will be held on Sept. 20 at Portland Metro Church located at 5004 NE 6th Avenue. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance. Additional financial donations may be given at the event, Cooley's wife said. For more information, call (503) 287-4825.

You can also donate at any U.S. bank branch under the name "Mike Cooley."

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