August 20, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation following the discovery of a fatal motorcycle crash scene by an ODOT maintenance crew Monday afternoon down an embankment along Highway 140E about one mile west of Adel in Lake County.
According to Sergeant Steve Yates, on August 19, 2013 at approximately 3:15 p.m., an ODOT striping crew was working along Highway 140E near milepost 27 when a crew member spotted a motorcycle over an embankment. Upon further inspection, the ODOT crew found a deceased male near the crashed motorcycle and notified OSP. OSP, Lake County Sheriff's Office, and additional ODOT resources responded to the scene.
Preliminary investigation indicates the 2001 Yamaha motorcycle operated by ALBERT LEWIS GUNDELACH JR, age 70, was eastbound negotiating a left curve when it traveled off the roadway and down an embankment approximately 70 feet where it came to rest. The motorcycle and operator were partially hidden from view by a tree. A rope rescue team for Lake County Sheriff's Office helped recover the victim.
GUNDELACH was wearing a protective helmet. His current residence is pending confirmation but investigators learned he has had residences in Concord, California and La Pine and Springfield, Oregon.
At this time, OSP investigators haven't confirmed the date and time the crash occurred. Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Yates at (541) 947-2267.
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