Wednesday, July 11, 2012/lk
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital surgeon Christeen Osborn, 35, of Hood River, was struck and critically injured at around 1:24 p.m. July 7 while cycling five miles south of Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast.
According to Oregon State Police reports, Osborn, who was traveling northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 35, was on her bicycle and struck from behind by Wanda Cortese, 78, of Kennewick, Wash.
Cortese, who was driving a 2006 Dodge Caravan, reportedly drifted onto the northbound shoulder and struck Osborn, ejecting her onto the northbound shoulder.
Osborn’s husband, Charles Petit, was riding ahead of her and after realizing she was not with him, returned along the highway to find her critically injured. Osborn was evacuated by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment. She was wearing a protective helmet.
As of press time, Osborn remained in LEMC’s intensive care unit in critical condition. The family is asking for privacy during this time. “They appreciate everyone’s concern, but ask for no calls or visitors at the hospital,” said Christine Vander Werf, associate manager of public affairsat PHRMH.
“Our thoughts are with Christeen’s family during this difficult time,” said Ed Freysinger, chief executive of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. “We will work together as a team at Providence to help support them. We also will be reaching out to her patients to help meet their needs during her recovery.”
Osborn’s husband is an orthopedic surgeon in both Hood River and The Dalles. The couple does not have any children.
The incident is still under investigation by OSP Astoria Area Command troopers. Traffic was reportedly heavy at the time of the accident and several witnesses were being interviewed. Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be contributing factors, according to OSP.
Neither Cortese nor her husband were injured in the accident.
Osborn recently joined PHRMH’s Surgery Center to serve the community’s health care needs.
According to her company biography, she and her husband “moved to Hood River to embrace the outdoor opportunities, healthy lifestyle and the personalization of a small town.”
Osborn formerly worked in a rural, community hospital in Alamosa, Colo.