Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on October 11th, 2007 at 4:00 pm
[Updated 5:12 pm, 11:21 pm – updated sections are italicized.]
Lt. Mark Kruger of the Portland Police Bureau says his team has finished their preliminary investigation of the fatal bicycle collision that happened earlier today at W. Burnside St. and SW 14th Ave.
Kruger says they are not issuing any citations at this time and that the driver’s blood and urine tests showed no signs of intoxication.
Now, the Police report will be submitted to the District Attorney and the DA will consider whether or not the truck driver has any criminal liability.
Here’s more on the citation issue from BikePortland contributor and frequent commenter, Police Officer Robert Pickett:
“Citations can be issued long after the fact. In the most serious cases, the police will be as methodical and careful as possible in the investigation, so that, among other things, any potential prosecution won’t be tarnished. This might mean that a citation isn’t issued until a later time. (And of course it could mean that a citation isn’t eventually issued.)”
Once the DA has looked it over, the report will go back to the lead investigator at the Police Bureau, Peter Kurronen. Kurronen then has sole discretion as to whether or not the truck driver should receive a citation.