Bicyclist killed ID’d as recent Reed grad

Mark Angeles was 22

Mark Angeles, a recent graduate of Reed College, seen in an undated photo on his Facebook page. The 22-year-old died in a bike accident in Southeast Portland, May 27, 2015.
Mark Angeles, a recent graduate of Reed College, seen in an undated photo on his Facebook page. The 22-year-old died in a bike accident in Southeast Portland, May 27, 2015.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The cyclist who died in a crash on Wednesday was a 2015 graduate of Reed College who was a bike enthusiast.

Mark Angeles graduated from the school with a major in chemistry last week. The 22-year-old was killed on Wednesday on his bike in a crash on Gladstone and Cesar Chavez Boulevard involving a tow truck. The tow truck driver, an employee of North Oregon Towing, is a 40-year-old woman from Estacada.

The truck was traveling east on Gladstone and Angeles was traveling west. The tow truck driver turned left on Cesar Chavez, hitting Angeles. The tow truck driver has not been cited and impairment doesn’t appear to be a factor, according to officials.

The investigation is ongoing.

Angeles built and repaired bikes, so his death is unbelievable for those who knew him.

Drew Gingerich said Angeles was kind, caring, quick with a smile and saw the positive in everyone. He was the organizer of the campus Bike Co-op and often fixed bikes for free on campus, giving his time to bike service projects off campus.

His family in Colorado said in a statement: “He was passionate and driven, but at the same time incredibly loving. He made it his mission every single day to simply love people.”

Angeles even left behind his own memorial on campus: several bike repair stations he’s credited with putting into place.

There will be a ‘no more ghost bikes’ protest at 4:30 p.m. on Friday as well as other demonstrations, bikeportland.org reports.

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