BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County District Attorney says the FedEx truck driver responsible for a fatal crash last fall, will not face criminal charges. According to D.A. John Hummel, 51-year-old Trenton Sage was driving the truck that hit a bicyclist near NW Wall and Portland on November 20, 2017. The victim, 31-year-old Jonathan Chase Adams, died of his injuries two days later.
Hummel says Sage remained on scene, fully cooperated with the investigation and was not impaired or using his cellphone at the time fo the crash. Following a several months-long investigation, the D.A. believes Sage committed a traffic violation: Failure to Yield to the Rider in the Bicycle Lane. However, he says Sage did not violate Oregon's criminal code.
"This was a heart wrenching case for all involved," D.A. Hummel said in a statement, "My decision to not charge the driver of the FedEx truck with a crime was not because I devalued Jonathan's life or disrespected his family. And my decision to charge the driver with a traffic violation was not the product of animus based on Jonathan losing his life. I charged a traffic violation because a traffic law was violated and I declined to charge a crime because a crime was not committed."
Sage is due in court on the traffic violation on May 16.