Police: SUV hit man on BMX from behind

Police: SUV hit man on BMX from behind
Photo of the crash scene courtesy Oregon State Police

ELKTON, Ore. - A man suffered serious injuries when he was hit from behind by an SUV as he rode a bicycle along Highway 138W on Monday morning, state police said.

Dio Lee Paddock, 23, of Elkton was taken by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries, police said. He was not wearing a helmet.

The crash happend just before 10 a.m. Monday. Paddock was eastbound on Highway 138W on a small BMX-style bike when he was hit from behind by a Nissa Xterra SUV driven by John R. Wicks, 64, of Florence.

Police said sun and shade may have affected the driver's ability to see the bicyclist in that area of roadway, which has a narrow shoulder.

Wicks cooperated with investigators at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are continuing the investigation. The Douglas County District Attorney's Office will review the investigation.