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Albany Bicyclist Killed Sunday

Investigators are not sure why the 65-year old Albany resident veered into the path of an oncoming car.

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(ALBANY, Ore.) - An Albany woman was killed Sunday afternoon when she turned her bicycle into the path of a car on Seven Mile Lane near the intersection of Three Lakes Road south of Albany.

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller says that at approximately 2:50 PM Sunday, 65-year old Laneve Yvonne Johnson was traveling eastbound on Seven Mile Lane along with her husband, Barry Johnson, who was also on a bicycle.

"Both were wearing bicycle helmets. For an unknown reason, Mrs. Johnson veered out into the travel portion of the road directly in front of a 1991 Toyota Camry operated by Dorothy Davis, age 43, of Lebanon who was also eastbound."

Investigators say Mrs. Davis attempted to avoid the collision by swerving into the westbound lane but Mrs. Johnson struck the left side of the windshield and was thrown to the ground.

Bystanders administered first aid and CPR until Albany Fire Department personnel arrived. Mrs. Johnson was taken by ambulance to Albany General Hospital and from there was transported by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital in Portland where she was pronounced dead.

Mrs. Davis, the driver of the Camry, was not injured. Her husband, David Davis, was her only passenger and also was not injured. Witness statements indicate Johnson veered across the road without any warning. Johnson's bike did have mirrors on it.

At this time it is unknown what funeral home is handling arrangements.

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Anonymous September 11, 2007 9:09 am (Pacific time)

She was making a left turn onto 3 Lakes Road as she was following her husband whom has already made the turn.

Salem August 20, 2007 6:13 pm (Pacific time)

How sad. I try so hard to swerve as far as I can around a bicyclist, even if it looks like they are staying in the bike lane, you just never know what goes through a person's head. Geez, how sad.

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