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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 26 west of Mitchell
September 22, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Friday afternoon's fatal motorcycle crash along Highway 26 near the Crook / Wheeler County line that resulted in the death of JOHN KEVIN HARTFORD, age 54, from Redmond. HARTFORD is the Principal at Elton Gregory Middle School in the Redmond School District.
According to Sergeant Mike Turner, on September 21, 2012 at approximately 5:25 p.m. a 2008 Yamaha motorcycle operated by HARTFORD was eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 52 negotiating a curve when it struck a guardrail. HARTFORD was found ejected off the motorcycle by passing motorists who started emergency medical care until relieved by firefighters and paramedics from Mitchell Fire Department and Crook County Fire & Rescue. He was wearing a protective helmet and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Redmond School District will be sending a news release out with information about Mr. HARTFORD shortly after this release. Questions should be directed to Gina Blanchette, Executive Assistant for the Redmond School District Superintendent, at 541-923-5437.
OSP troopers from Prineville and Bend offices are continuing the investigation. Crook County Sheriff's Office and ODOT assisted at the scene. Trooper Andrea Vaughn is the lead investigator.