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No charges from collision that killed Pendleton cyclist

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on July 20, 2018 4:39PM

Last changed on July 20, 2018 8:06PM


The driver involved in the collision that killed Ann Wyatt of Pendleton will not face criminal charges.

Wyatt was bicycling June 8 to her job at the U.S. Forest Service on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton when an SUV struck and killed her. She was 62.

The Umatilla Tribal Police Department headed up the investigation and confirmed the fatality occurred but has not identified the driver nor released other information. Wyatt’s friends raised public concerns about her death in that absence.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said tribal police called him about the death and he went to the scene along with Oregon State Police.

“I would say the investigation has been completed at this point,” Primus during a phone interview Thursday afternoon. “I don’t believe with the information we have there are criminal charges.”

Primus said his office receives notice of all death investigations and police look for actions that are criminal in nature. In this situation, he said, investigators can’t point to actions that would produce criminal charges.

The only witness was the driver, and there is no video footage of what happened. Primus said that makes for difficult circumstances to investigate.

“There is nothing to indicate there is anything criminal,” Primus said. “Unfortunately, sometimes there are accidents.”



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