July 02, 2021 13:52
The motorcyclist who died in Thursday's crash in the Wilkes Neighborhood is identified as Michael Gazeley-Romney, 31, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death.
Preliminary information is that a 2007 Chevrolet minivan was northbound Northeast 162nd Avenue turning to westbound Northeast Sandy Boulevard proceeding through the intersection on a green light. The motorcycle, a 2009 Suzuki, was eastbound on Northeast Sandy Boulevard and proceeded on a red light, colliding with the driver's side front quarter panel of the minivan. Gazeley-Romney was deceased at the scene. One of two occupants of the minivan suffered minor injuries, which were treated at the scene.
No charges or citations have been issued.
This is the 37th MCT activation and 30th traffic fatality for 2021 in the City of Portland. In 2020, our highest fatality year in 3 decades, we did not hit 30 fatalities until August 30th, putting us 2 months ahead of that pace.
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A motorcycle rider is deceased after a crash in the Wilkes Neighborhood and the Major Crash Team is on scene.
On Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 12:29p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast 162nd Avenue. When officers arrived they located two vehicles involved, a van and a motorcycle (photo). The motorcyclist was severely injured, and died after lifesaving efforts by paramedics.
The driver of the van remained on scene and is cooperating with officers.
The Portland Police Major Crash Team is on scene. During the investigation, both Northeast Sandy Boulevard and Northeast 162nd Avenue are blocked.
More information will be released when appropriate.
Photo description: A heavily damaged motorcycle lies on the street in an intersection while a police officer takes measurements nearby. A damaged blue minivan rests against a guardrail. In the background are police vehicles with lights flashing.
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