14-year-old Oregon bicyclist dies after hitting semi
Courtesy: Oregon State Police
A 14-year old male on a bicycle died Wednesday from injuries sustained when he failed to stop and rode through a stop sign and into the side of a semi-trailer traveling through an intersection in Burns, Oregon.
On September 4th around 3 p.m., Jonathan "JP" Ptacek, age 14, from Burns, was riding his bike downhill on West B. Street. As he approached the intersection with Highway 20 (N. Broadway Avenue), he didn't stop at the stop sign and ran into the side of a semi-trailer traveling south on Highway 20. The semi was driven by William L. Wiggins, age 54, from Homedale, Idaho. The trailer's tires ran over the bicyclist and he was critically injured.
Wiggins wasn't aware the bicycle hit the side of the trailer until he saw it in his side mirror lying in the roadway. Wiggins has cooperated fully with investigators and there is no indication he was at fault.
Ptacek was transported by ambulance to Harney District Hospital and then taken by AirLink air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon where he was pronounced deceased after arrival.