Gareth was well-known among Portland cycling advocates. I partnered with him as ride mechanics on the Portland Bridge Pedal ride about three or four years ago, and he frequently attended Bicycle Advisory Committee meetings.
Man sentenced in deadly hit-and-run
Drunken driving - Christopher Amick gets 7 years for leaving a cyclist bleeding to death by road
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
OREGON CITY -- A 36-year-old Vancouver man who plowed over a bicyclist with his car, drove off and then reported his car stolen was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison.
Christopher Lee Amick said in Clackamas County Circuit Court that he was "horribly sorry" for his conduct.
Amick struck Gareth Allan Parker, 59, as Parker was pedaling along Oregon 99E south of Oregon City in daylight shortly after 7 p.m. Sept. 5. Parker lay bleeding by the side of the road. A witness called 9-1-1 and tried to resuscitate Parker, who died later that evening.
"Mr. Amick left," deputy district attorney Squire Bozorth told Judge Jeffrey Jones. "I don't think he even stopped."
Amick pleaded guilty in June to felony hit-and-run, criminally negligent homicide and drunken driving. In line with his plea agreement Tuesday, the judge sentenced Amick to 85 months in prison, three years of post-prison supervision and eight years of lost driving privileges.
Police believe that shortly after the collision, Amick abandoned his 1996 Nissan pickup about three miles from the crash scene. Amick, who used to live in Canby but had recently moved to Vancouver, told police his car had been stolen but later admitted to the crime, Bozorth said.
Oregon State Police learned that Amick had been drinking alcohol in a Molalla bar and in Canby with a friend before hitting Parker. Investigators believe he had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent, well over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
None of Parker's family was present in the courtroom. Bozorth said they were estranged and lived in California.
Parker was known in the metro area's cycling community as an advocate and volunteer who during cycling events passed out literature aiming to educate drivers about safely sharing the road.
Tim Lyons, Amick's attorney, said Amick is a "pretty good guy" who had one big issue.
"He pretty much lived a law-abiding life," Lyons said. "He had a problem with alcohol that got the best of him."
Story at bikeportland.org: http://bikeportland.org/2006/08/16/h...ars-in-prison/