Coverage of Austin Miller

Austin Miller was killed when he and a bus collided while he was riding his bike home from school in Beaverton on February 11, 2008.

Below are the stories I have written about this tragedy.

Oregonian: TriMet settles Austin Miller death for $200,000

Posted on April 8th, 2009 at 11:47 am.

“TriMet’s agreement to pay the maximum amount of damages that TriMet believes it owes proves that Austin’s death was the result of a bus driver’s carelessness.”— Stephanie Miller, Austin Miller’s mother The Oregonian’s Aimee Green is reporting that Austin Miller’s parents have reached a settlement with TriMet for $200,000. Austin Miller died on February 11, Read More »

TriMet sued for $2 million in Beaverton fatality

Posted on June 18th, 2008 at 3:12 pm.

The ghost bike for Austin Miller.(Photos: Jim “K’Tesh” Parsons) The Oregonian is reporting that Austin Miller’s mother, Stephanie Miller, has filed a $2 million lawsuit against TriMet in the death of her 15 year-old son. According to the Oregonian, the lawsuit claims that the TriMet driver was, “negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout Read More »

TriMet bus driver cleared of wrongdoing in fatal bike collision

Posted on April 28th, 2008 at 9:43 am.

The Oregonian reported this morning that the driver of a TriMet bus that collided with 15 year-old Beaverton high school student Austin Miller back in February has been cleared of any wrongdoing. According to the Oregonian, the Beaverton Police Department deemed the collision was “unavoidable”. The crash happened on February 11th. Miller, an experienced rider Read More »

Movie premiere will benefit Austin Miller Scholarship Fund

Posted on April 14th, 2008 at 10:38 am.

A scholarship fund has been set up by Film Action Oregon in honor of Austin Miller Two years before his tragic death, Beaverton high school student Austin Miller attended a summer program to learn how to produce documentary films. That program, Project Youth Doc, is run by Film Action Oregon. Now, in honor of Austin’s Read More »

BTA, TriMet announce bus/bike safety initiatives

Posted on February 26th, 2008 at 1:40 pm.

TriMet GM Fred Hansenis working with the BTAon bus/bike safety.(Photos © J. Maus) In the wake of the tragic death of 15 year-old Austin Miller, who was killed when he and a TriMet bus collided in Beaverton earlier this month, TriMet has issued a press release (full text below) that outlines immediate, near-term, and long-term Read More »

A year before the tragedy, Austin Miller wrote “Please Do Not Run Me Over”

Posted on February 25th, 2008 at 3:46 pm.

In the article, Austin Miller wrote, “How would we solve this biking problem? Well for starters, why don’t all major roads have bike paths?”. A year before a tragic fate befell Austin Miller, the 15 year-old Beaverton student wrote an opinion article on bike safety for his school newspaper titled, “Please Do Not Run Me Read More »

Bikes on sidewalks: Could Washington County be held liable in tragedy?

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 10:45 pm.

“Signing any sidewalk as a bicycle path increases the likelihood of tort settlements even years later.”–FHWA Course on Bicycle and Transportation Planning The recent tragedy in Beaverton leaves many unanswered questions. Among them is whether or not Washington County contributed to a dangerous situation by designating a sidewalk as the bike route — a practice Read More »

A ghost bike and a rally for Austin Miller

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 11:32 pm.

Bike safety advocates at a memorial gathering earlier this evening for Austin Miller.(Photos: Jim Parsons) About 15-20 bike safety advocates held a brief rally tonight at the site of yesterday’s fatal bike/bus collision on SW Farmington Road just west of Murray Blvd. Participants held signs and placed tea lights and flowers at a ghost bike Read More »

Tonight: Memorial planned for Austin Miller

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 3:57 pm.

Austin Miller Hal Ballard, acting executive director of the Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition has organized a brief memorial service tonight for Austin Miller, the 15 year-old who was killed after colliding with a bus in Beaverton yesterday. The service will begin at 5:00pm tonight at the intersection of SW Murray and Farmington Road. Ballard Read More »

Beaverton commuters weigh in on deadly intersection

Posted on February 12th, 2008 at 1:35 pm.

Yesterday’s tragic bus/bike collision in Beaverton that claimed the life of 15 year-old Austin Miller occurred at an intersection that is known to be tricky and dangerous. The precise mechanics of what happened are still unclear, but we do know that Miller was struck by the #52 TriMet bus as he entered SW Farmington Road Read More »

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