Police seek possible witnesses to January fatal bicycle crash in NE Salem

Police are seeking the public’s help in investigating the death of a cyclist found unconscious Jan. 11 on a northeast Salem road after a crash.

Juan M. Barron, 61, was taken the night of the crash to Salem Hospital, where he remained until his death on Jan. 20, according to the Salem Police Department. Salem police described the incident as a “bicycle crash” but have provided no details about how it occurred.

Investigators are seeking witnesses who saw the crash, which occurred Jan. 11 around 8:30 p.m. in the area of Northeast Portland Road and Northeast Northgate Avenue.

Salem police at the time responded to a report of a man lying on the sidewalk next to a bicycle in the 3600 block of Portland Road.

“Along with multiple vehicles that passed through the area, police would like to speak with a pedestrian and bicycle rider, each seen passing nearby at separate times,” the agency said in a news release Wednesday.

The pedestrian, possibly an adult man, was walking north on the east side of Portland Road, near Carleton Way. The individual was wearing a shirt or jacket with the hood up, and carrying a bag or wearing a backpack. 

Salem police provided a photo of a pedestrian in the area of the bicycle crash on Jan. 11 around 8:30 p.m. (Salem Police Department)

The cyclist, possibly an adult man, rode north on the sidewalk on the east side of Portland Road. The full-size bicycle had front and rear fenders and a bright headlight, and the rider carried a yellow or light-colored sack. 

Salem police provided a photo of a cyclist in the area on Jan. 11 around 8:30 p.m. (Salem Police Department)

Police in the statement urged anyone who witnessed or may have information about the incident to contact the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.


UPDATE: Cyclist dies of injuries sustained in Jan. 11 crash

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.