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A high school student struck and killed a woman walking her bicycle on Thursday.

COURTESY OF THE BEAVERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT - A bicyclist was struck and killed Thursday evening. Beaverton Police responded to a vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist on Southwest 125th Avenue at Southridge High School. The bicyclist, Helen Iva Grochowski, 63, of Beaverton, died as a result of the the injuries sustained from the collision.

The driver of the vehicle is a 17-year-old student from the International School of Beaverton who was leaving the Southridge High School parking lot when he struck the bicyclist, and he cooperated with the investigation. It was initially reported that the student was from Southridge High School, but Beaverton School District confirmed the driver was a student from the International School.

The driver's name was not released, due to his age.

The Washington County Crash Reconstruction Team was on scene doing the diagram and assisting in the investigation, which is standard with any fatal vehicle crash, Beaverton Police Public Information Officer Mike Rowe said. "There were no citations or charges related to this crash," Rowe said. "No one saw the exact moment that she was struck. She was seen walking in and out of the bike lane by witnesses. The driver saw her walking in the bike lane just before the moment of impact and was descriptive of what she was wearing and that she was holding an umbrella. The driver stated that he saw her in the bike lane and looked to the left at the traffic light and then heard and felt the impact of striking her," Rowe added.

Rowe said that the evidence led police to believe that Grochowski left the bike lane and entered the lane of vehicle travel and was stuck in the lane of vehicle travel and not the bike lane. Rowe said there was no evidence that the driver was speeding.

Police said the driver's cellphone was checked, and there were no calls or texts until after the collision and that there is no evidence that the driver did anything that directly contributed to the crash.

"The deceased was wearing dark clothing, but this does not appear to be a contributing factor since the driver did see her before striking her," Rowe said.

By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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