By Ann McCreary

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the driver of a truck that struck and killed Gary Knowlton, a Brewster schoolteacher who was bicycling near Chelan on July 16.

With assistance from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, the red truck believed to be involved in the hit-and-run incident was discovered the next day (July 17) abandoned in an orchard and was impounded for further analysis, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

Knowlton, a Brewster native, was married to Deana Schulz, daughter of Dave and Deannis Schulz of Twisp. He was struck from behind while riding on Apple Acres Road about 8:22 p.m. The driver fled the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Rivercom at (509) 663-9911 or Undersheriff Mathews at (509) 667-6850.

A car/bike accident last Friday afternoon (July 22) on Lost River Road in Mazama injured a Mazama man and resulted in a citation for negligent driving for the driver of the vehicle.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 3:17 p.m. reporting an accident on Lost River Road, said Steve Brown, chief criminal deputy.

Bicyclist Harry Grant, 65, of Mazama, was struck by a truck driven by Jack Prentice, 75, of Langley, Washington. 

“Prentice said he was in the area to go camping and believed he had cleared the bicyclist, did not see him get hit but heard it. Prentice stopped immediately and returned to the scene,” Brown said.

“Witnesses said they had seen the vehicle prior to it striking Grant and that it appeared to have been driving at an excessive speed. One witness stated Prentice had passed his vehicle on a corner in a no-passing zone shortly before striking Grant,” Brown said.

Aero Methow Rescue Service responded to the scene, and reported that Grant had received facial lacerations and a possible concussion. He was transported by ambulance to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak for treatment.

Prentice was issued an infraction for negligent driving in the second degree, Brown said.