May 25, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Fatal Motorcycle Crash - US Forest Service Road 18 east of Fall Creek Reservoir
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is conducting the investigation into an early Saturday morning traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 22-year old Eugene man after he lost control of a motorcycle along US Forest Service Road 18 east of Fall Creek Reservoir in Lane County.
According to Senior Trooper Ron Martin, on May 25, 2013 at approximately 6:45 a.m., ROBERT LEE CASTO, age 22, from Eugene, was operating a Yamaha motorcycle on US Forest Service Road 18 near milepost 13 at a high rate of speed when he failed to safely negotiate through a right curve. The motorcycle crossed the roadway where CASTO was ejected over an approximate 30-foot embankment and landed on bedrock partially submerged in a creek.
Emergency medical responders from Lowell Rural Fire Protection District and Springfield Fire & Life Safety departments responded and prepared CASTO for transport by air ambulance. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend where he was pronounced deceased. CASTO was wearing a protective helmet.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are completing the investigation.
This is the second fatal traffic crash in Lane County during the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Last year during the Memorial Day Holiday period, three people died in 3 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon.