PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bicyclist was hit and killed in Northeast Portland Saturday night by a driver that did not stay at the scene. However, police said they stopped the suspected vehicle not far away.
A few hours later, Kenneth Britt Smith, Jr. was charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of marijuana.
The crash happened around 8:35 p.m. in the 4200 block of NE Portland Highway. Investigators said the bike rider, 38-year-old Martin Lee Greenough, was wearing a helmet and had a rear flashing light when he was hit from behind.
Emergency responders rushed to the area but were not able to save Greenough’s life. The 38-year-old died at the scene, police said.
Witnesses told police the vehicle that hit the bicyclist — a blue Ford Crown Victoria — headed east on Portland Highway.
Police said Saturday night they spotted the car and 2 people were detained at NE Sandy Boulevard and I-205.
On Sunday, officials said Smith was taken into custody when the car was spotted at NE 97th and Killingsworth.
Smith, 26, is being held at the Multnomah County Jail.