Impaired driver sentenced in October bike crash death
The intoxicated driver who hit and killed a bicyclist in Gresham was sentenced Wednesday afternoon, May 16, to more than six years in prison.
Kurtis Allen Linn, 24, appeared before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric J. Bloch and pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants and fourth-degree assault. At the same appareance, he was sentenced to six years and three months in prison, and as part of the sentencing received a lifetime revocation of his driving privileges.
"This resolution was heavily negotiated," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic, who prosecuted the case. "The plea agreement and sentencing takes into account the defendant's lack of a criminal record prior to the incident and subsequent expressions of remorse."
The investigation into the crash, which resulted in the death of 56-year-old Albert Sawdon, began in the early evening on Oct. 8, 2017. Gresham Police and the East Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team responded to the area of Southeast Stark Street and Southeast 212th Avenue on reports of the accident.
Linn had been driving a Chevrolet Blazer in the westbound lanes, when he lost control of the car and crashed into a Ford Escape, injuring the driver. Prior to impact, Linn's vehicle was traveling 80 miles per hour.
Upon hitting the Escape, Linn's car struck Sawdon as he was riding his bicycle. Paramedics attempted to provide first aid to Sawdon, who later died at the scene.
The investigation revealed that Linn had a blood alcohol content of .12 percent shortly after the crash, nearly twice the legal limit of .08. There was also evidence that he had marijuana in his system.
"This was a very serious incident and (Linn) will have to live the realities of his actions for the rest of his life," Jergovic said. "When you take everything into consideration, this is an appropriate sentence for the defendant."
During his sentencing, Linn explained he has received substance abuse treatment while in custody.
The surviving driver from the crash and Sawdon's family were consulted about the plea negotiations and sentencing options and were in agreement with the verdict.