Rider is local pastor who suffered fractured skull, multiple broken bones after crash with car

A motorcyclist and church pastor was seriously injured Thursday evening, June 7, when his bike was struck by a sedan on Highway 30 near Bennett Road.

Just before 7 p.m. Thursday, Columbia River Fire & Rescue crews, along with Oregon State Police, responded to the scene of the motorcycle-versus-car crash. COLUMBIA RIVER FIRE & RESCUE PHOTO - A motorcycle rests on the highway after a crash with another vehicle seriously injured the rider Thursday evening, June 7 on Highway 30.

According to OSP, Natalie Priester, 18, was driving a Subaru Legacy and attempted to turn left into eastbound lanes of the highway, when the Subaru entered the westbound lanes and collided with a Honda motorcycle.

William Bradley, 50, was riding the motorcycle and could not avoid the Subaru, OSP reported.

"The motorcycle was unable to avoid the collision and struck Priester's vehicle in the left rear quarter panel," Capt. Timothy Fox of OSP stated via email.

Priester was evaluated by medics on scene, but declined ambulance transport. Bradley was taken by ambulance to a nearby trauma hospital with serious injuries, according to CRFR.

Highway 30 was closed for several hours after the crash, as police investigated.

Bradley, who was identified as a pastor at Resonate church in St. Helens by social media posts from the church, was reported to be released from an intensive care unit and recovering from a fractured skull, as well as broken bones in his shoulder, pelvis, back and several broken ribs.

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