PORTLAND – A cyclist who was hit in North Portland remains in critical condition as his wife stays by his side and police search for the hit-and-run driver.
At around 11:30 p.m. on June 15, 59-year-old Mike Jan Cooley was hit on his bicycle near North Interstate Avenue just north of Greeley Avenue, said Chris Johnson with Portland police.
According to his wife, Lori Cooley, her husband was only about two miles from home and wearing two reflective vests and had five flashing lights.
"He was lit up like a church," she said.
Cooley, who goes by Jan, was taken to a Portland hospital, where his family said Thursday he was still in critical condition.
Dr. Ameen Ramzy, a trauma surgeon at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center said Jan Cooley has injuries to his chest, abdomen and spine with broken extremities.
"He's been biking his whole life. He's always loved bicycling," Lori Cooley said. "He builds bicycles and he's been bicycle commuting for 15 years."
Cooley is a pastor at a local church and his faith is keeping him and his wife strong during this critical time.
"We have faith in God and we know it's very possible for miracles to happen," Lori Cooley said.
When Lori asked her husband if he would forgive the person who hit him, she said he "nodded his head vigorously and started to cry."
Investigators believe the suspect vehicle is a white 1993-1997 Ford F350 Crewcab pickup (similar to the one pictured below). It is believed to have chrome step-ups and damage on the right front headlight area.
Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Call 503-823-4357 to leave a tip.
Background: Witnesses aid cyclist after Portland hit-and-run