Vancouver man recovering after bicycling accident in Centralia

Condition has improved from critical to satisfactory

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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A 58-year-old Vancouver man was in satisfactory condition in a hospital Thursday night after being critically injured when he fell off his bicycle and was run over by a flatbed truck on July 9 in Centralia.

Donald Becker has been moved from the intensive care unit of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center to a regular floor and is in satisfactory condition, a nursing supervisor said.

Becker had been riding in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic when he was injured, authorities said.

Centralia police said Becker was struck about 2 p.m. and run over by the truck’s dual rear tires, injuring his shoulders, back and lungs.

Police said it was "purely an accident" and did not cite the truck driver.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.