A driver charged with striking and killing a cyclist riding on the shoulder of Central Valley Road on Friday was smoking heroin in the vehicle when a Kitsap County sheriff's deputy arrested him shortly after the wreck.
Geoffrey Grayson Moore, 28, told the deputy he had fallen asleep behind the wheel and knew he had hit something but continued driving.
“He was scared and did not stop,” the deputy wrote.
Moore was charged Monday in Kitsap County Superior Court with vehicular homicide and felony hit and run for the death of John Skubic, 63, of Poulsbo. Skubic was struck from behind while wearing bright neon yellow bicycle clothing, according to charging documents, and was declared dead at the scene.
Two witnesses driving in separate vehicles on the 8000 block of Central Valley Road at about 12:48 p.m., near Fairview Middle School, told investigators they observed a Jeep Cherokee drive on to the shoulder and pass another vehicle, striking Skubic, and then continue driving.
As a deputy canvassed the area, he found a Jeep Cherokee matching the description parked at an apartment complex at 317 Fairgrounds Road with “fresh” damage to the front end.
Inside he found Moore and a woman.
“They were in the process of smoking heroin by using foil and a lighter,” according to court documents. At the time Moore, who is the registered owner of the vehicle, was seated in the passenger seat, the deputy wrote.
During an interview, the woman said she had met Moore at the apartments.
In an interview with Moore, he told the deputy he fell asleep and was “awakened by the impact, but he did not see what he had struck,” according to court documents.
Moore was booked into the Kitsap County Jail and held on $400,000 bail.
The circumstances of Skubic’s death are similar to the recent death of another cyclist riding the shoulder of a road in Kitsap County.
Thomas F. Johnson, 56, of Tacoma, was killed May 9, 2020, while riding the shoulder of Bethel Burley Road after he was struck from behind by a motorist.
Shawn R. Damschen, who was driving on a suspended license, had fallen asleep behind the wheel while coming down from meth. Damschen continued driving after striking Johnson, dragging Johnson's bicycle under his car. Damschen pleaded guilty to a count of vehicular homicide and was sentenced in March to nine years in prison.
Another recent Kitsap County case where a cyclist was struck from behind while riding on the road shoulder occurred in March 2020, when Brandalynn Rose Gehring struck a cyclist who was riding on Navy Yard City Highway near Bremerton, severely injuring him.
Gehring, 19 at the time of the crash, pleaded guilty in August 2020 to a count of reckless driving, a misdemeanor. She told Washington State Patrol troopers she had looked away from the road to light a cigarette, according to Kitsap County District Court documents. Gehring had said she spotted the cyclist and said he was on the fog line.
When Gehring looked up she was heading toward the cyclist, a trooper wrote. Gehring said she "jerked" the steering wheel left, but she didn't want to cause a crash with other vehicles, so she "jerked" the steering wheel right toward the cyclist, in an "apparent attempt" to move behind him.
"However, in doing so, Gehring struck the bicyclist," a trooper wrote.
Gehring received no jail time in her plea agreement but had to complete a chemical dependency evaluation. Gehring had admitted to using marijuana the night before.
The man Gehring struck, 56, worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and was devastated by the crash.
"I am now damaged," the man wrote in a letter to the court. "With a broken leg and hand which may never be free of pain. Worst is the headaches. I used to awaken with a smile and clear thoughts."
This article originally appeared on Kitsap Sun: Driver who killed bicyclist on Central Valley Road arrested while smoking heroin