Oregon State Police continue to investigate a crash from Tuesday afternoon that critically injured a motorcycle rider.
Here's the news release from Oregon State Police:
On May 20, 2014 at approximately 5:26 p.m., a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX600 motorcycle operated by Justin Reina, age 28, from Hillsboro, was northbound on Highway 47 near milepost 66. According to witnesses, the motorcycle initiated a high speed pass of a passenger car on a short straight section of highway. A 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by Karen Morrison, age 52, from Vernonia, was northbound ahead of the car being passed and started a signaled left turn into her driveway just as Reina, was attempting to pass the pickup.
The motorcycle crashed into the driver's side door of the turning pickup. Reina, was ejected off the motorcycle and came to rest a short distance in front of the pickup.
A local resident heard the crash, ran to the scene and found Reina, unresponsive and not breathing. The resident repositioned Reina, and opened his airway allowing him to start breathing. Vernonia Fire Department and Metro West Ambulance personnel responded to the scene. Reina, who was wearing a protective helmet, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University. He is in critical condition.
Karen Morrison has minor injury but declined emergency medical transport. Her husband/passenger was not injured. Both were using safety restraints.
OSP Senior Trooper Mark McDougal and Recruit Trooper Darrin LaDick are investigating the crash.
OSP was also assisted at the scene by Vernonia Police Department and ODOT. The highway was intermittently closed for two hours.
With Memorial Day Holiday weekend approaching, OSP and ODOT remind all drivers and motorcycle operators that May is "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" in Oregon. According to ODOT, 43 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2013, down from 51 in 2012. Last year, 73 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in Oregon were attributed to the motorcyclist committing the primary error leading to the crash.