According to Trooper Sarah Reding, on July 7, 2013 at approximately 2:49 p.m., OSP was dispatched to reported injury traffic crash on Highway 6 near milepost 20. OSP estimates the crash occurred about 2:35 p.m.
Preliminary investigation indicates a line of 7 - 8 eastbound vehicles was slowing or stopped behind a white Suburban sport utility vehicle waiting to turn left into the Footbridge Trailhead lot. A 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle operated by GRANT A. TIMPERLY, age 32, from Vancouver, Washington, was slowing as it approached a stopped red Toyota Camry driven by RONALD E. DOVE, age 77, from Milwaukie, when it was struck from behind by an unidentified vehicle. The impact pushed the motorcycle about 50 feet forward until it collided into the back of the Toyota Camry.
TIMPERLY was seriously injured and transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He was wearing a protective helmet.
DOVE was not injured. He was using safety restraints.
The hit-and-run vehicle fled eastbound from the crash scene. At this point, witnesses haven't been able to provide a color, make, model, or operator description. Witnesses have indicated the vehicle may have been towing a trailer and it should have front damage.
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Tillamook Fire & Rescue and Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance. Traffic was restricted to one lane for approximately 2 hours.
Anyone with information to help identify the hit-and-run vehicle and driver is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.
Email tips can be sent to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us. Information should have as much detail as possible and contact information. Tips should include specific details including the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.