PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – No criminal charges will be filed against the driver of a tow truck who was involved in a deadly crash with a bicyclist.
KOIN 6 News has learned that on Friday, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office informed the family of 22-year-old Mark Angeles that a no charging decision was made. The family is asking for privacy.
Angeles died on May 27, 2015 after he was involved in a crash on Southeast Gladstone at Southeast Cesar E. Chavez. According to investigators, Angeles died of blunt force trauma to the head. The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team responded and learned that Angeles was traveling at a “rapid rate of speed” at the time of the crash.
Police said Angeles was riding his bicycle westbound on Southeast Gladstone. As he got closer to the intersection, he began to “pedal faster,” according to court documents. The driver of the tow truck, 40-year-old Jolene Friedow was facing eastbound, towing another vehicle, waiting to turn northbound onto Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard. Police said that Friedow turned left and that’s when Angeles collided into the tow truck.
Friedow was issued a traffic citation for making a dangerous left turn.
Investigators spent hours at the scene of the crash the day it occurred. The police bureau’s Traffic Investigation Unit went back to the scene and did further testing and diagraming.
Police and prosecutors also reviewed video from Friedow’s tow truck that recorded the crash. Investigators determined that Friedow legally stopped and executed her left hand turn. Police said based on witness statements, the video and the crash scene diagraming, Angeles was likely traveling at a high rate of speed trying to make it through the yellow light.
Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Laura Rowan wrote in a memo that neither Angele nor Friedow was traveling a “excessive speed.” The posted speed limited is 25 miles per hour. Friedow was traveling at 10 miles per hour and Angeles at 28 miles per hour, according to her memo.
Her memo goes on to read that “Angeles entered the intersection on a steady yellow light,” according to the memo.
Friedow was not impaired at the time of the crash, police said. She remained on scene and has cooperated with investigators the entire time, according to police. The company that she was driving for at the time of the crash, North Oregon Towing, declined to comment.