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The picture to the right is of an unidentified Tri-met (Portland, OR) rider who went alight of a trimet bus on the Hawthorne Bridge on January 22, 2005 at an unauthorized stop. He proceeded to the front of the bus and and began to push and slug the cyclist in front of the bus. He then got back on the bus and the bus drove off.
The Operator of the Tri-met bus is reported to have died in a boating incident. A Tri-met representative reports that they have opened a file on the incident and are seeking the identity of the assailent. It is reported that the Portland Police are also seeking the identity and where-abouts of the assailent.
The cyclist, Randy Albright, has filed a lawsuit against Tri-met for $48,000 in damages. He claims that the bus operator opened the door to allow the rider to alight the bus,assault the cyclist, then opened the door and allowed the rider back on the bus after the rider had accosted the cyclists. The bus operator, additionally, did not report this incident to authorities, and continued driving the bus off after the cyclist had been injured.
If you have information about the identity of this person, you areencouraged to notify the Portland Police, Tri-Met authorities, and Randy Albright.
For more info, see the following reports, picturs, videos, and analysis:
- Oregonian (January 17, 2006)
- BikePortland blog (January 13, 2006
- BTA(Bicycle Transportation Alliance) blog report(January 18, 2006
- four camera time-lapse Tri-met Bus camerass recording of the incident
- KATU, Anita Kisse reports on the inciddent(Windows Media video link)
- Northwest Republican blog (43 comments and county)