Gresham motorcyclist killed in crash in Northeast Portland
A motorcyclist died after a crash with a crossover SUV in Northeast Portland on Saturday afternoon.
The victim is a 50-year-old white male from Gresham. Police say his name is not being released.
The motorcyclist had a valid driver license but no motorcycle endorsement, police say.
The driver of the crossover SUV remained on the scene and was not immediated cited or identified, either.
According to police, at 4:58 p.m. on Jan. 18, North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle and a car at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast 65th Avenue.
When officers arrived, they found a motorcyclist with severe injuries. Portland Fire & Rescue and American Medical Response paramedics treated the injured rider. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Despite lifesaving efforts by the medics and doctors at the hospital, the motorcyclist did not survive. The driver and sole occupant of the car was uninjured and cooperated with the investigation.
The Traffic Division and the Forensic Evidence Division responded to the scene. to assist with the investigation.
The preliminary investigation suggests the motorcyclist was eastbound on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The car, a Honda CRV, was northbound on Northeast 65th Avenue crossing Northeast Sandy Boulevard when the motorcycle struck the driver's side of the vehicle.
The impact happened in the westbound lanes of Sandy Boulevard suggesting the motorcycle was eastbound in the westbound lanes. That was also consistent with witness statements who described the motorcyclist passing vehicles in the oncoming lanes of travel. Speed also appears to be a key contributing factor to this crash, based on crash evidence and witness statements.
This is the second fatal crash in Portland this year.
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