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A motorcycle crash at a troubled intersection in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood

DAVID F. ASHTON - Where a motorcycle and car collided on S.E. 72nd and Duke on January 19, an East Precinct officer arrived to document the scene. Neighbors in the area agree that the intersection in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood at S.E. 72nd Avenue and Duke Street seems to be a "magnet" for accidents.

"We see wrecks here all the time," Danno Martin told THE BEE, after observing a crash at that intersection on Friday afternoon, January 19, just after 5 p.m. Involved were a Harley Davidson "Softail 1900" motorcycle, and a Toyota Corolla LE.

It appeared as if the Harley had struck the passenger side rear fender of the Toyota, and had ripped the bumper from its mounts.

The Corolla's driver said he was traveling north on 72nd Avenue, and signaled a left turn. He then waited for oncoming traffic to clear to turn west, and proceeded into the turn as the signal turned yellow. The motorcycle, southbound on 72nd, clipped the back of his car as he completed the left-hand turn.

"It sounded like the Harley's driver really gunned it – them bikes make a sound that's hard to miss – like he was trying to skate through the yellow light," Martin said. "He hit [the car] pretty hard."

The crew of Portland Fire & Rescue Lents Station Engine 11 paramedics arrived to stabilize the motorcycle rider, before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance for evaluation and treatment. Police are investigating the collision, and a citation may be issued when it is completed.

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