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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Parkway Road near Jasper in Lane County
04/11/2008
Sergeant Ron Martin
Oregon State Police - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536

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A 33-year old Springfield area man died Thursday night from injuries suffered after losing control of his motorcycle and colliding into a highway guardrail near Jasper on Parkway Road south of Springfield. The motorcycle operator appeared to be attempting to elude an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper for a short distance when he crashed into the guardrail while attempting to negotiate a curve.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Ron Martin, on April 10th, at 11:55 p.m. an OSP trooper checked a 1997 Honda motorcycle driven by MARK ALLEN JONES, age 33, from Springfield, at 92 mph traveling northbound on Parkway Road near milepost 3. The Trooper turned around and activated the patrol car overhead emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop for the speed violation. JONES did not yield, and while appearing to attempt to elude the trooper he failed to negotiate a curve in the road at Parkway Road and Edenvale Road and crashed into a guardrail.
 
The trooper administered first aid to JONES until medics arrived and transported him to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
 
JONES was wearing a protective helmet. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor in the crash.
 
Oregon State Police troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation. The Lane County Sheriff's Office, Pleasant Hill Fire Department, and Springfield Fire Department assisted at the scene.
 
Parkway Road was partially blocked for approximately 2 1/2 hours.