Thursday, December 31, 2015

Independence man killed riding a bicycle on Hoffman RD (Photo)


News Release from Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: December 31st, 2015 7:42 PM
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On December 30, 2015 at approximately 6:41 p.m. Polk County Deputies were dispatched to a reported vehicle versus pedestrian crash in the 9000 block of Hoffman RD, on the outskirts of Monmouth city limits. It was reported that CPR was in progress.

Due to the close proximity of the crash to both Monmouth and Independence, officers from each agency responded to assist. EMS personnel from Polk County Fire District No. 1 arrived at approximately 6:46 p.m. and the crash was determined to be a fatality shortly thereafter.

Law Enforcement arriving on scene closed Hoffman RD. between 16th Street N. and S. Hwy 99W. The roadway was closed for several hours while deputies conducted an investigation which included assistance from Oregon State Police personnel who responded to a request from the sheriff's office.

It was determined the deceased, 52 year old John Shapley of Independence, was struck from behind while riding a bicycle west on Hoffman RD., causing significant damage to both the bicycle and the involved vehicle driven by 40 year old Daniel Major of Falls City. It was believed Mr. Shapley was killed instantaneously upon impact. The investigation showed a secondary impact with Mr. Shapley's body by a separate vehicle had occurred but it was not thought to be a factor in his death. All parties remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

No criminal charges have been filed as a result of the crash. Both the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office and the Polk County District Attorney's Office had personnel respond to the scene. Representatives from the Polk County Sheriff's Office advised that the incident has yet to be closed and their investigation is continuing.
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