Reward for driver who hit biking postal worker

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The suspect white 1993-97 Ford F-350 crewcab pickup is seen heading north on Interstate in this TriMet station surveillance footage. (Courtesy Portland Police Bureau/TriMet)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward for help finding a white Ford F-350 believed to have hit a bicyclist in north Portland before taking off.

The passing truck was captured on TriMet surveillance cameras.

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For 15 years, Cooley biked a route on North Interstate to get to and from his job at the US Post Office. He was riding his bike home from work when he was hit. (Portland Police Bureau)

The collision happened June 15 on N. Interstate Avenue at Greeley — sending 59-year-old Mike Cooley to the hospital.

For 15 years, Cooley biked a route on North Interstate to get to and from his job at the US Post Office. He was riding his bike home from work when he was hit. Witnesses stopped to help after he was thrown 30 feet. He was rushed to the hospital.

“He always calls me when he leaves work,” his wife, Lori Cooley, told KOIN 6 News. “It takes 17 minutes, but at 25 minutes he wasn’t home.”

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The suspect F-350 is shown passing the Interstate MAX Overlook platform June 15, 2013, in this TriMet surveillance screenshot. (Portland Police Bureau/TriMet)

He was initially in critical condition with multiple broken bones, injuries to his spinal column and organ damage. Doctors at first weren’t sure if he would ever be able to walk again.

Witnesses reported seeing the truck driving erratically before the crash.

“It’s not surprising he left in a panic, but they can be forgiven,” Lori Cooley said at a late-June news conference, “because I believe people need to be forgiven when they repent and do the right thing.”

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