Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene of Monday evening's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle along Highway 26 about two miles west of Rhododendron. The adult male was pronounced deceased at the scene and his name is released in this update.
On June 17, 2013 at approximately 7:20 p.m., a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by JOHN EDWARD TOMER, age 65, from Madras, was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 46. For an unknown reason, the motorcycle traveled across the westbound lane where a witness in another vehicle slowed to avoid it. The motorcycle continued off the highway into a ditch and hit a tree bordering the north side.
TOMER was wearing a protective helmet.
OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command office are investigating the crash.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Hoodland Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was opened about 11:00 p.m.