DAVENPORT, Wash. — An experienced bicyclist making a trip across the United States was struck and killed by a motorist near Davenport.
Philip B. Smith, 56, of Banner, Wyo., died along state Highway 23 after a vehicle struck him from behind about 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Smith was part of a group riding from Seattle to Washington, D.C.
The Washington State Patrol will meet with Lincoln County officials this week to discuss whether charges will be filed against the driver, Mari K. Armstrong, 31, of Harrington, Wash.
Trooper Gerry Wier said alcohol was not a factor.
Armstrong, who was traveling with a young child, was so distraught that she was taken to a hospital for medical treatment, but she was otherwise uninjured, Wier said.
Smith was riding with another cyclist along a straight section of road, Wier said. The two-lane road does not have a bike lane but does have a wide shoulder, he said.
Smith was with a group of riders from the Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit organization based in Missoula, Mont. He is survived by a 17-year-old son, Victor, who was traveling in New Zealand, friends said Monday.
Smith, a businessman and real estate agent, had previously crossed the United States on his bicycle and was an experienced road cyclist.
"He had done well over 10,000 miles of road-biking," said his brother, Creighton Smith. "He just couldn't get enough of it."