By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Two Newberg bicyclists struck; wife killed, husband critically injured

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims as Tara Janel Manitsas, 44, and her husband, David Lee Manitsas, 60.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and he was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He remained in critical condition Thursday. They were both wearing helmets, according to the sheriff’s office.

They were struck by a 2007 Toyota RAV 4 driven by Nancy Rae Faunt, 71, of rural Gaston, who sustained minor injuries. No citations have been issued, but the county’s Multi-Agency Traffic Team has an investigation underway, Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Ray said.

Ray said Faunt has been cooperative. Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors, according to Ray.

He gave this account of the 7 p.m. crash:

The cyclists were riding side-by-side westbound on a straight stretch of the road when they were struck from behind by the westbound RAV. They were thrown onto the hood of the vehicle, which traveled about 100 feet before coming to a stop.

“There’s no shoulder on the road,” Ray said. “I would compare it to Westside Road. Once the pavement ends, the road just goes down to a ditch.”

He said the setting sun could also have played a role by limiting visibility.

The area where the crash happened is considered a school zone, according to Ray, and that would call for a reduction in speed when school is in session. However, school was out for the day.

Ray said there is an “End 45 mph” speed sign east of where the crash occurred, which would have made the speed limit 55 at the crash site. 

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Shipley at 503-434-7506 or