Roseburg Police Dept.
On Friday, May 28th at about 1:35 PM the Roseburg Police Department responded along with medics from Bay Cities Ambulance and the Roseburg Fire Department to a report of a traffic collision between a street motorcycle and a Suzuki Sidekick utility. The motorcyclist, a 26-year-old Roseburg man with a valid motorcycle endorsement, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, from which he was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of head injuries. The motorcyclist was wearing an approved helmet.
The driver of the Suzuki was a 64-year-old Sutherlin woman with a valid driver license. She was uninjured but was examined at the scene by emergency medical services. Her 1994 Suzuki Sidekick was towed from the scene by Roseburg Towing.
The motorcycle was a 2015 Kawasaki badly damaged by the collision and was seized as potential evidence by the Roseburg Police Department, which is investigating whether speed was a factor in the collision.
The initial investigation indicated the motorcycle was traveling east on Harvard Avenue in the inside lane of travel when it passed a slower vehicle by swerving into the outside lane. Meanwhile, the Suzuki was turning off of Harvard Avenue and onto Stanton Street at about the same time, taking it into the path of the motorcycle which collided with the right side of the second vehicle.
The accident remains under investigation and names are not being released at this time.