Arrest in fatal traffic accident

Published Aug 29, 2013 at 05:00AM

A Prineville man, who earlier this month allegedly ran a stop sign and hit a motorcyclist who later died, turned himself in on Wednesday after learning of a warrant issued for his arrest.

Gerald Green, 36, was arrested by the Oregon State Police and was lodged in the Jefferson County jail on suspicion of criminally negligent homicide and felony failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Green was allegedly behind the wheel of his 1996 Cadillac on Aug. 8 when he didn't stop at a stop sign on Southwest Dover Lane and struck 64-year-old Madras resident Donald Heckathorn, who was driving a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle on U.S. Highway 97 south of Madras.

Heckathorn, who was the Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services chief, died Aug. 14 at St. Charles Bend from injuries sustained in the crash. Green was not injured.

According to court records, Green has been convicted of multiple driving offenses, including eight citations for driving with a suspended license between 1995 and 2010.

— Bulletin staff report