A South Whidbey bicyclist is dead and another man is facing a vehicular homicide charge following a crash on East Harbor Road in Freeland Thursday evening.
The Washington State Patrol identified the deceased Friday morning as Randall L. Lorraine, 58, of Langley.
According to a press memo, Lorraine was riding a bike eastbound on the right shoulder of East Harbor Road shortly after 9 p.m. when he was struck from behind by a 1997 grey Lexus E300, also eastbound. He died at the scene.
The driver of the Lexus, 52 -year-old David Hinton, is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. He was taken into custody and booked into the Island County Jail.
Hinton’s driver’s license says he has a Sedro-Woolley address. He was not injured.
Jason Laughren, deputy chief of South Whidbey Fire/EMS, said the accident was reported by one or more bystanders, one of whom may have been a witness. An Island County Sheriff’s deputy was on a call nearby and was the first to arrive. He located Lorraine, found he wasn’t breathing and immediately began attempts to save his life.
“He was the first on scene and he initiated CPR,” Laughren said. “And he probably arrived within a minute of it happening because he was on another call right around the corner.”
Laughren estimated that the deputy and later medical personnel from the fire district and WhidbeyHealth Medical Center spent about 25 minutes trying to revive Lorraine before ceasing their efforts.
The accident occurred on the 5111 block of East Harbor Road, a straight and flat section of the roadway. Laughren said it was dark at the time of the accident, however, making visibility poor. He said the speed limit in the area is 35 mph, but jumps to 50 mph north of the accident scene. He couldn’t say whether speed was also a factor.
Laughren also said that while Lorraine was wearing a helmet, he did not appear to be wearing bright clothing or have a light on his bicycle.
Lorraine was alone at the time, reportedly riding home from work.
Washington State Patrol Sgt. Mark Francis, said Hinton was arrested at the scene. Hinton made his preliminary appearance in Island County Superior Court Friday on suspicion of vehicular homicide.