BEND, OR -- A 15-year-old died over the weekend, following an electric bike crash in northeast Bend. According to police, the teen was operating the e-bike with a passenger on the back. They were on the sidewalk, traveling westbound on the eastbound side of Highway 20, Saturday afternoon, when a minivan pulled out from Dean Swift Road.
The van struck the bike in the intersection, at about 4:30 p.m. The driver remained on scene, is cooperating in the investigation and has not been cited. The teen was not wearing a helmet. Roads in the area were closed for about 30 minutes.
Bend Police launched a campaign last month to crack down on e-bike users who violate state law, including riders under 16 and those who ride on sidewalks.