OSP: Driver reading text kills bicyclist on Hwy 30

Kristopher Lee Woodruff, 34, of Vernonia arrested

Kristopher Woodruff of Minot, North Dakota faces manslaughter and hit-and-run charges in a bike crash along Hwy 30 near Rainier, Aug. 30, 2014 (OSP)
Kristopher Woodruff of Minot, North Dakota faces manslaughter and hit-and-run charges in a bike crash along Hwy 30 near Rainier, Aug. 30, 2014 (OSP)

RAINIER, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A bicyclist was killed Saturday afternoon along Highway 30 when a driver looked at a text message and drifted onto the shoulder, police said.

Peter Michael Linden, 74, was killed when his bicycle was hit on Hwy 30 near Rainier. Kristopher Woodruff was arrested about 5 miles down the road, Aug. 30, 2014 (OSP)
Peter Michael Linden, 74, was killed when his bicycle was hit on Hwy 30 near Rainier. Kristopher Woodruff was arrested about 5 miles down the road, Aug. 30, 2014 (OSP)

The crash happened just before 3 p.m. near milepost 50, just west of Rainier, the Oregon State Police said in a release. The driver, Kristopher Lee Woodruff, left the scene but was stopped by a trooper about five miles down the road.

Woodruff, 34, was headed west and became distracted while looking at a text, investigators said. He hit the bicyclist and kept going. The bicyclist, Peter Michael Linden, 74, from St. Helens, died at the scene. Officials said Linden was wearing a helmet.

Kristopher Woodruff of Minot, North Dakota faces manslaughter and hit-and-run charges in a bike crash along Hwy 30 near Rainier, Aug. 30, 2014 (OSP)
Kristopher Woodruff of Minot, North Dakota faces manslaughter and hit-and-run charges in a bike crash along Hwy 30 near Rainier, Aug. 30, 2014 (OSP)

Woodruff, who does not have a valid driver’s license, is from Vernonia, officials said, though he displayed a Minot, North Dakota ID card.

He was stopped about five miles later by an OSP trooper and arrested. He now faces first-degree manslaugher, felony hit-and-run plus a Washington County misdemeanor for failing to appear.

 

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