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.
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.
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.