The following is from a press release from the Oregon State Police:
On August 24, 2014 at approximately 6:20 a.m., Ellen Dittebrandt, age 52, from Mosier, was riding a bicycle westbound along Interstate 84 approaching the off ramp near milepost 56 to Viento State Park.
A 2014 Ford pickup driven by John C. Allman, age 55, from NW Portland, was also traveling westbound when it traveled onto the shoulder and struck the bicycle from behind, ejecting Dittebrandt to where she came to rest in the left westbound lane. The pickup came to rest in the westbound traffic lanes.
Dittebrandt, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
She was a Mosier firefighter/EMT and a local artist.
Allman was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Hood River County Sheriff's Office, Cascade Locks Fire Department, and ODOT. The westbound lanes were closed about 90 minutes before one lane was open while investigators continued working at the scene.