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Bicyclist relies on app to find information about hit-and-run driver

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TIGARD, OR (KPTV) -

Every day, cyclist Lance Liden starts his 25-mile bike ride from his home in Tigard, but on Tuesday his route was cut short when eight miles into the ride he became a victim of a hit-and-run.

“I don’t remember tumbling, coming unclipped from my bicycle,” Liden said. “But I remember landing on my hands and knees in a ditch by the side of the road.”

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. by Southwest Tile Flat Road and Farmington in Hillsboro.

Liden was able to get help when a couple of truck drivers saw him waving his hands.

“I’m really, really visible,” Liden said. “It’s so disappointing that someone would leave a fellow human being on the side of the road for dead and keep driving along.”

It will take Liden six weeks to recover from five broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Liden said all that is left of the car was broken glass, but no one seemed to see who hit him.

He hopes one person might be able to give him some information, though. The app Strava tracks cyclist’s routes, and Liden said one user, “Joop Zoetmelk,” passed him seconds before the crash.

“I waved to him as I drove by, and about 35 seconds after that, I was hit,” Liden said.

Liden hopes that someone will recognize the user's name or that the actual user would call Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

He also hopes the driver will admit they did something wrong and come forward.

The Oregon Department of Transportation collects the total number of bicycle-related crashes. According to state records, 962 total bicycle-related crashes happened in 2011, with 928 people injured and 15 deaths. The next year saw increases in crashes to 1,064 and injured riders to 1,026 while deaths dropped to 10.

In 2013 with totals went down across the board, with 957 bike-related crashes, 922 injured riders and three riders killed. The numbers were all back up in 2014, with 1,001 crashes, 955 injured riders and seven deaths.

Washington County reports that between the years 2011 to 2014, there have been 28 bicyclists seriously injured in a crash and four people who have died. County officials added that more deadly or serious injury crashes happen during daytime hours.

Residents of Washington County have until Saturday, August 20 to submit comments regarding it’s Transportation Safety Action Plan.

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