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Motorcyclist in critical condition after accident near Vernonia

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into a May 20 traffic crash involving a motorcycle and pickup on Highway 47, about two miles south of Vernonia.

On May 20 at approximately 5:26 p.m., a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600 motorcycle operated by Justin M. Reina, 28, from Hillsboro, was northbound on Highway 47 near milepost 66. According to witnesses, the motorcycle initiated a high speed pass of a passenger car on a short straight section of highway.

A 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by Karen Morrison, 52, from Vernonia, was northbound ahead of the car being passed and started a signaled left turn into her driveway just as Reina was attempting to pass the pickup.

The motorcycle crashed into the driver’s side door of the turning pickup.

Reina was ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest a short distance in front of the pickup.

A local resident heard the crash, ran to the scene and found Reina unresponsive and not breathing.

The resident repositioned Reina and opened his airway, allowing him to start breathing. Vernonia Fire Department and Metro West Ambulance personnel responded to the scene.

Reina, who was wearing a protective helmet, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University where he was listed in critical condition. Morrison had minor injuries, but declined emergency medical transport.

Her husband, who was a passenger in the pickup, was not injured. Both were using safety restraints. After the wreck, the highway was intermittently closed for two hours.




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