24 year old Gerald Marvin was struck by a drunk driver while competing in the Seattle to Portland (“STP”) bicycle race on Saturday.
Gerald Marvin, 24, of Seattle suffered serious injuries when the driver of a sport utility vehicle swerved out of his lane on U.S. 30 northwest of Portland. Struck from behind, Marvin slammed into two other cyclists, who suffered minor injuries.
Police pulled over a 40-year-old driver, an ex-convict with a 1989 conviction for an Oregon murder, eight miles from the accident scene.
Daniel B. Whittlinger of Portland was arrested Sunday on suspicion of hit-and-run after a bicyclist was injured in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.
Daniel B. Whittlinger was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence and violating his parole, according to the Oregon State Police.
Drunk drivers are subject to civil tort liability for the injuries they cause. In fact, violation of a statute, especially drunk driving laws, are considered “strong evidence” of negligence.
For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Car and Motorcycle Accidents.