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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 199 near Selma in Josephine County

March 16, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's fatal motorcycle crash along Highway 199 near Selma in Josephine County. The victim's name and other details are provided in this update. OSP is requesting anyone witnessing the crash to call the OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 474-3174.

According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on March 15 2014 at approximately 5:30 p.m,, a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle operated by JAMES WILLIAM OSBORNE, age 47, from Grants Pass, was northbound on Highway 199 at Sauers Flat near milepost 25. OSBORNE was accompanied by his brother who was riding a separate motorcycle. As the motorcyclists entered a sweeping right hand curve from Sauers Flat, JAMES OSBORNE lost control of his motorcycle and crossed into the oncoming southbound lane of travel. His motorcycle sideswiped a passenger car and then continued off the west shoulder of the roadway where it impacted a tree stump.

Witnesses on scene performed CPR until American Medical Response arrived to relieve them. The operator of the passenger car was not injured. OSBORNE was was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural/Metro Fire Department, ODOT, and AMR ambulance. Trooper Zac McClendon is the lead investigator. Excessive speed is a considered a contributing factor.

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