Drunk driver crashes into bicyclist in Aloha, then flees

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by Teresa Blackman / KGW.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 12:51 AM

ALOHA, Ore. – A drunk driver hit a bicyclist with his minivan, mowed down two mailboxes, slammed into a water main and then fled the scene Tuesday. But police said they managed to track him down and arrest him a short time later.

Police said a Good Samaritan had called 9-1-1 to warn police about the swerving minivan just moments before the crash and that person gave investigators the license number, which eventually led them to the suspect.

Luis Acros-Cardenas, 22, was arrested at his Aloha apartment a short time after the hit-and-run crash and charged with DUII, assault, hit-and-run, and criminal mischief.

Witnesses told police that a green Mazda MPV struck 27-year-old bicyclist Kevin Lynch just after 4 p.m., Tuesday before running off the road and hitting two mailboxes and a water main.

That minivan was registered to Acros-Cardenas, who lived nearby at 17420 SW Shaw Street.

Investigators said Acros-Cardenas struck Lynch from behind and pushed his bicycle about 30 feet. The impact threw Lynch up and over the top of the van.

“He was wearing a helmet that cracked on impact and most likely spared him from life-threatening head injuries,” said Sgt. David Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Lynch was transported by ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University. No further details were released on his condition.

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