A man injured in a motorcycle crash on Pacific Highway 99E died Saturday, Oct. 30, according to Woodburn police.
Authorities were called to the 900 block of North Pacific Highway at about 1:25 a.m., Saturday, after witnesses said Oscar Martinez, 39, of Woodburn, allegedly struck a parked car with a crowbar outside End Zone Bar and Grill. When officers arrived, Martinez was not at the scene. According to police, the vehicle belonged to Martinez's ex-girlfriend.
According to police spokesman Tommy Moore, Martinez returned to the scene roughly 25 minutes later on a motorcycle. Officers watched him rev the motorcycle engine while riding in circles on the opposite side of the highway.
As officers prepared to enter the roadway to approach Martinez, Moore said, Martinez fled southbound on Pacific Highway at a high rate of speed and crashed into the rear of a southbound vehicle moments later near the intersection of 99E and Laurel Avenue.
Medical personnel declared Martinez deceased on scene. The lone occupant of the vehicle Martinez struck was taken to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation but did not appear to have serious injuries.
The Oregon State Police Crash Reconstruction Team and the Oregon Department of Transportation also responded to the scene; OSP to conduct the crash investigation and ODOT to manage the closure of Pacific Highway between Lincoln and Young streets, detouring north and southbound traffic for approximately six hours.
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