August 3, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Friday night in Sweet Home resulting in the death of an adult male who lost control and crashed into a tree.
According to Sergeant Vonn Schleicher, numerous area law enforcement agencies were assisting Sweet Home Police Department with increased patrol and enforcement presence during the Sweet Home Jamboree. On August 2, 2013 at approximately 10:22 p.m., an Albany police officer attempted to stop a 2005 Ducati motorcycle operated by an adult male for a traffic violation near 15th Avenue and Long Street in Sweet Home. The operator failed to yield and attempted to elude the officer at a high rate of speed. The officer lost sight of the motorcycle as it traveled southbound on 8th Avenue and terminated the pursuit of the motorcycle.
Shortly afterward, a call came into 9-1-1 reporting a motorcycle crash with a man down in the front yard of a residence on 8th Avenue near Birch Street. Emergency responders arrived and were unable to revive the man who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
At the request of Sweet Home Police Department and Linn County Sheriff's Office, OSP investigated the fatal motorcycle crash. Initial investigation indicates the Ducati motorcycle operated by LANCE MORGAN HAWKEN, age 42, from Sweet Home, attempted to negotiate a curve on 8th Avenue near Birch Street when HAWKEN lost control and traveled off the roadway into a yard, striking a tree. HAWKEN was wearing a protective helmet. Speed is a contributing factor in the crash.
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