August 09, 2013 10:05Traffic officers have completed a preliminary investigation into this morning's fatal motorcycle crash on North Interstate Avenue.
Investigators determined that the 40-year-old male motorcycle rider was riding a 2007 Honda Interceptor southbound on North Interstate Avenue and took the ramp to North Broadway. The rider failed to negotiate the first curve on the ramp, struck the concrete barrier and was thrown an estimated 140 feet, landing on the MAX tracks below the ramp.
Investigators believe that speed will be a factor in this crash. It is not known if the rider was impaired by alcohol or drugs. The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and send blood samples for toxicology.
The name of the rider will be released after family notifications are made by the Medical Examiner.
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This morning, Friday August 9, 2013, at 2:36 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a downed motorcycle missing a rider on North Interstate Avenue on the approach to the Broadway Bridge.
As officers were still en route, the caller reported finding the rider deceased on the MAX tracks.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and confirmed that the rider was deceased.
The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation.
Area traffic, including MAX service may be temporarily interrupted as officers investigate the crash.
No additional information is available at this time.
Sgt. Pete Simpson