Washougal cyclist dies after being hit by car in Oregon

By Mark Bowder, Columbian assistant metro editor

Published:

Updated: May 19, 2012, 10:49 PM

 

A Washougal man died Saturday after being struck by a car while riding a bicycle on a highway near Grand Ronde, Ore., according to the Oregon State Police.

Steven Y. Dayley, 65, was riding west on the shoulder of Oregon Highway 18 near milepost 24 at 2:25 p.m. when he was struck by a a westbound Chevrolet Avalanche that had swerved right to avoid traffic ahead, an OSP bulletin said.

Dayley was transported by ambulance to Salem Memorial Hospital, the bulletin said. He died Saturday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The driver of the Chevrolet was identified as Fred M. Moore III, 24, of Battle Ground. Moore was uninjured, the OSP reported.

Dayley had joined other cyclists who were part of the “Reach the Beach” bicycle ride, though he was not an official entrant. The event started in four different Willamette Valley locations and ended in Pacific City.

The crash remains under investigation.