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Driver arrested after Portland cyclist struck,killed


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have identified a bicyclist struck and killed in a crash on Portland’s St. Johns Bridge.

The rider was 55-year-old Portland resident Mitchell Todd York, a dedicated cyclist who logged more than 500 miles every week.

York was on the bridge Saturday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by 42-year-old Joel Aaron Schrantz, of Portland, police said. Officers said Schrantz’s 1995 Toyota 4Runner fishtailed and slid as he turned onto the bridge in part because it had bald rear tires and was unsafe to drive.

They say Schrantz was arrested on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

Drugs and alcohol were not believed to be factors in the crash.

KGW reports Schrantz has been convicted of 31 driving infractions in the past, including a conviction in 2014 of leaving the scene of an accident and 11 convictions for driving with a suspended license.

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