Date: March 22, 2011
Location: Highway 211 West of Molalla
Names: Thomas Christopher Mossman
Oregon State Police are continuing to investigate an Oregon hit-and-run bicycle accident that left a male bicyclist hospitalized. OSP is requesting that anyone with information on the crash call the Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
On Tuesday March 22 at about 3:30pm, Thomas Christopher Mossman, age 67 of Molalla, was struck as he was riding westbound on a dark-colored bicycle on Highway 211 west of S. Palmer Road near milepost 10. The unidentified driver of what is thought to be a sport utility vehicle continued in a westerly direction without stopping.
Evidence that police discovered at the scene indicate that the suspect vehicle should have damage to the right front headlight, is missing the passenger side mirror, and may be missing some of the molding on the right side door. The molding left at the scene was silver or gray in color. It is not known whether the driver was a male or female.
Mossman was airlifted to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). He was wearing a bicycle helmet and had been on his way to a friend’s house only 50 yards from the scene of the crash. OHSU reported that he was in intensive care.
We hope that Mr. Mossman will experience a complete and full recovery from this unfortunate accident, and we know that there are many others who wish him well.
In the middle of the afternoon on a busy highway, someone must have seen something that could help police find this hit-and-run driver. Hit-and-run is a serious violation of Oregon Vehicle Code 811.705. The hit-and-run driver must be held civilly and criminally responsible for his/her actions. In a case like this, Mr. Mossman or his family may be well advised to contact a reputed personal injury attorney with experience in hit-and-run crashes who will fight for the justice and compensation that he deserves. At Shulman DuBois, we believe that what happened to Mr. Mossman is simply unacceptable; and as Portland personal injury lawyers we are committed to making sure that hit-and-run drivers are held accountable for their actions and that victims receive the compensation they deserve.