John Whitehurst was killed, speed and alcohol did not appear to be factors in the crash

PRINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - Prineville man John Whitehurst was killed Thursday morning in a motorcycle crash on the grade in Prineville.

John Whitehurst, of Prineville, was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday morning on the grade.

According to a media release from the Prineville Police Department, at 10:41 a.m. Sept. 6, authorities responded to a motorcycle crash at about mile post 17 on the grade of Highway 126 in Prineville.

Several citizens were on scene, rendering aid to the rider, John Whitehurst, age 47. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful, and Whitehurst was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation showed Whitehurst's 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle left the westbound lane and traveled onto the loose gravel shoulder where it came to rest after striking boulders on the side of the highway. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. Excessive speed and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in this crash. Whitehurst was wearing his helmet.

Prineville Police, Oregon State Police, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Oregon Department of Transportation, and City of Prineville Public Works responded to the crash.

"The responding agencies would like to thank the citizens who assisted with the crash and began first aid prior to our arrival," Sgt. James Peterson stated.

The Prineville Police thanked the responding agencies, Oregon State Police, ODOT, Prineville Public Works and the Crook County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with the incident.

"Our heart goes out to the Whitehurst family for their loss today," Peterson stated. "The Whitehurst family wanted to personally thank all agencies involved in the rescue attempt and assistance on scene."

Any additional information regarding this incident can be reported to the case agent, Officer Daniel Pelayo, at the Prineville Police Department 541-447-4168 or on Facebook at

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