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"Hit-and-run" cyclist airlifted to hospital turns out to be drunk

Highway in Oregon closed for two hours as police investigate "accident"...

A cyclist found unconscious by the side of the road in the US West Coast state of Oregon was not the victim of a hit-and-run accident, as had originally been feared, but was instead drunk, according to KATU News.

Timothy Crawford, aged 43, was discovered by a passing motorist near Estacada just after 9pm on Wednesday evening, who alerted the emergency services. An Oregon police dispatcher said that the cyclist’s injuries were consistent with his having been struck by a vehicle.

But police attending the scene, who closed Highway 224 for around two hours while they carried out their investigations, found no evidence that he had been hit by a car and discovered that his bicycle was undamaged.

Crawford was evacuated by a helicopter operated by air ambulance service LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where blood tests confirmed that he was in fact highly intoxicated.

Police have so far been unable to interview him to discover what led up to his fall from his bike, although he has reportedly been cited for bicycling under the influence of intoxicants, and will presumably face a hefty bill for his helicopter trip to hospital.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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