Man faces homicide in NE Portland bike hit-run

The 38-year-old bicyclist died at the scene

Kenneth Britt Smith, Jr., Dec. 13, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Kenneth Britt Smith, Jr., Dec. 13, 2015 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

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.

A bicyclist was hit and killed along this stretch of NE Portland Highway in Portland, Dec. 12, 2015 (KOIN)
A bicyclist was hit and killed along this stretch of NE Portland Highway in Portland, Dec. 12, 2015 (KOIN)

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.

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