Man Texting and Driving Killed 74-year-old Cyclist Near Rainier

Date: August 30, 2014

Location: Highway 30 West of Rainier

Name: Peter Linden

Man Texting and Driving Killed 74-year-old Cyclist Near Rainier

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On Saturday Peter Linden, 74 of St. Helens, was killed after being struck by a hit-and-run driver who was texting. Linden, who was battling cancer, was biking along highway 30 west of Rainier when he was hit by a pickup. Linden was wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kristopher Woodruff, 34 of Vernonia, was driving the pickup truck when he was pulled over by an Oregon State Trooper a few minutes after he killed Linden. Woodruff was distracted by looking at text messages on his phone when he drove into the shoulder and struck Linden.

Woodruff gave the officer a North Dakota ID and did not have a valid drivers license. Court records show that he had previously been cited for driving without a valid driver’s license and driving uninsured in 2001.

Woodruff was taken to the Columbia County Jail on Manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and other charges.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Peter Linden. Hit and run drivers are cowards and criminals, and as Portland attorneys for hit and run injury victims we hope this driver is found soon. Remember, hit and run drivers can be punished in both criminal and civil cases.

According to Oregon law (ORS 811.705), drivers are required to remain at the scene if anyone is injured. If a driver does not do this, they can have criminal charges brought against them once they are found.

We encourage anyone who has witnessed a hit and run to come forward with information! You can call our office and we will ensure that your identity is protected, and the information is sent to the right person. If you feel more comfortable calling a hotline, Shulman DuBois LLC sponsors the Hit and Run Reward program that gives financial incentives for reluctant witnesses to come forward after hit and run incidents. Remember, you are helping the person who was hit and you helping protect our streets from drivers who do not obey the laws.

In cases like this, the hit and run driver can also have a civil lawsuit brought against them for all damages to the injury victim. Anyone injured by a hit and run driver has the right to seek legal recourse for injuries and damages to property. This compensation can come from the at-fault driver’s insurance or any personal assets they have.

In many cases, the hit and run driver left the scene because:

  • They did not have insurance.
  • They were driving intoxicated.

If the driver was driving intoxicated, you may still be able to file a claim with their insurance company, if you can identify the driver.

If you cannot find the driver, however, OR they do not have insurance, you can still file a claim through your own uninsured motorist (UIM) coverage on your own auto policy.

We understand that this is a complicated process, and we recommend discussing your case with a Portland hit and run accident attorney who offers free consultations if you have any questions.

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About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on September 2, 2014, in Car Accidents, Hit and Run and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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