September 26, 2013 10:20
The investigation into this morning's motorcycle crash on I-205 is continuing.
Investigators have learned that the motorcycle rider, 52-year-old Toby Olsen, was riding a 2004 Honda motorcycle at a high rate of speed northbound on I-205 and pulled up alongside an Oregon State Police Trooper at approximately Powell Boulevard. Olsen then accelerated rapidly away from the Trooper, who locked in a radar speed of more than 130 miles per hour. The Trooper did not pursue the motorcycle rider, but watched and broadcast information when he saw the motorcycle crash under the Stark Street overpass.
The motorcycle rider rear-ended a Lexus SUV driven by a 78-year-old Amelia Alvarez. Although the Lexus sustained significant damage from the collision, Alvarez was uninjured.
Olsen was transported to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.
Investigators believe both speed and alcohol are factors in this crash. All lanes of I-205 were reopened at approximately 4:00 a.m.
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This morning, Thursday September 26, 2013, at 1:49 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report that a motorcyclist was down on I-205 northbound at the Southeast Stark Street Overpass.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and discovered that the rider was alive but critically injured. The motorcycle rider has been transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to life-threatening injuries.
All lanes of I-205 northbound are closed as Traffic investigators from the Major Crash Team begin to investigate the crash. The freeway likely will remain closed for a couple of hours. Drivers needing to travel this stretch of freeway should use either 82nd or 122nd Avenues as alternate routes.
No additional information is available and updates will be provided later this morning.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204