Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed through the Medical Examiner’s office that a 24-year old Newberg man died early Wednesday morning, March 26, at a Portland hospital from injuries sustained Saturday evening in a motorcycle crash on Highway 99W about one mile south of Dundee in Yamhill County. 

The cyclist, age 24, was critically injured March 22, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., while operating a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Highway 99W near milepost 28. He failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the highway where he was ejected, coming to rest in a grassy area adjacent to the highway. He was wearing a protective helmet. Speed and alcohol are suspected contributing factors.

The cyclist was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he was being treated until he passed away.

Alcohol and Speeding Cause 1 in 3 Motorcycle Deaths

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of all motorcycle deaths in 2011, 35% were the direct result of the rider speeding, and 33% of the riders were under the influence of alcohol. In other words, almost 1 in 3 fatal motorcycle accidents are attributed to drinking and speeding.

Alcohol affects skills essential to riding a motorcycle – balance, coordination, and judgment, where even small movements may have catastrophic consequences. For this reason, NHTSA urges all motorcycle riders to always ride smart and sober.