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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 140E near Adel in Lake County
Sergeant Steve Yates
Oregon State Police - Lakeview
Office: (541) 947-2451

A Medford-area man died Wednesday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a rock wall on Highway 140E just west of Adel in Lake County. The victim was reportedly enroute to Washington, DC to attend a POW and veteran's memorial event called "Rolling Thunder".
On May 13, 2009 at approximately 1:45 p.m. WALTER SMITH, age 64, from Medford, was operating a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle traveling with a friend on a separate motorcycle eastbound on Highway 140E near milepost 25. As SMITH attempted to negotiate a sharp right curve, his motorcycle traveled across the highway and off the westbound shoulder where it collided with a rock embankment.
SMITH was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.
Oregon State Police troopers from the Lakeview worksite are completing the investigation.
Lake County Sheriff's Office, Lakeview Disaster Unit, and ODOT assisted at the scene.