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Man, 76, charged following collision with teenage bike rider

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on July 28, 2011 at 11:05 am with 7 Comments »
July 28, 2011 11:05 am

Pierce County prosecutors this week charged a 76-year-old man with vehicular assault for allegedly causing a collision that severely injured a teenager riding his bike in Gig Harbor.

Martin Romero is to be arraigned next month.

Romero was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet S10 pickup that pulled in front of Jeremiah Jensen as the 17-year-old boy was riding his bike south on Soundview Drive near 64th Street on June 13.

Jensen was catapulted through the air when his bike collided with the passenger side of the S10, according to charging documents. He suffered head injuries and a collapsed lung, the documents state.

Romero remained at the scene and was interviewed by two Gig Harbor police officers, one of whom asked him to perform a field sobriety test. Romero, who told one of the officers he’d had two alcoholic beverages prior to the wreck, failed the test, court records show.

“When asked what happened, the defendant said he didn’t see the bicyclist,” the records state. “He said he saw cars coming down the hill, but they were far away.”

Police arrested Romero at the scene and took him to the hospital for a blood draw. Tests on his blood showed his blood-alcohol level at .099, court records show. The legal limit in Washington is .08.


Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Omega6234 says:

    A 76 year old man in Gig Harbor having a few beers while driving??? Shocking!!
    Insert mega sarcasm.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    I’m sure the cyclist was riding safely, and properly, and didn’t swerve into the path of the vehicle.

  3. spyacoach says:

    I’ve raised teenagers, and encounter them on the roadways all the time. They’re not always inclined to be the safest, most conscientious riders, HOWEVER, I see it as our job as the drivers of 3,000+ lb. automobiles, to be the ones “On the Lookout”. Particularly after a couple of alcoholic beverages – which is a definite contradiction, since those couple of beverages, typically reduce the awareness of most individuals.

    I’d be more interested however, in the “attitude” of the 76 year-old man. Has he been shaken up that he was involved in such an accident? If so, perhaps he’ll be more careful in the future. If not, then he should suffer severe consequences.

  4. MatildaG says:

    If the cyclist was riding as he should have been – with traffic – wouldn’t he have hit the driver’s side not the passenger side? Just asking….

  5. Adam Lynn says:

    The cyclist was southbound. The truck was northbound and made a left turn in front of the cyclist, which put its passenger side in the cyclist’s path.

  6. salmonhead says:

    How are you people questioning the kid? The man is elderly and blew a .099 and you are talking about the kid on the bike? Unbelievable

    No wonder the weak laws on drunk drivers don’t get changed here

  7. spyacoach says:

    I wasn’t “Questioning The Kid”. I stated only that they’re often not the safest and most aware of bike riders, either. I have no tolerance for drunk drivers trying to get out of paying their due, when they cause or are involved in an accident.

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