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.