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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 86 east of Baker City
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 86 about six miles east of Baker City that resulted in the death of a Baker City man.
According to OSP Trooper Kris Davis, on May 13, 2011 at approximately 3:30 p.m. a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by DONALD M. JORDAN, age 64, from Baker City, was eastbound on Highway 86 near milepost 6. According to witnesses, the motorcycle failed to negotiate a left curve and traveled off the right shoulder. It went over 20 feet down an embankment, ejecting JORDAN who was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.
OSP troopers from the Baker City work site are continuing the investigation. Speed does not appear to have been a factor.
Baker County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and Baker City Ambulance assisted at the scene.
As a reminder, Governor Kitzhaber proclaimed May 2011 "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" in Oregon. Joining motorcycle organizations and other federal, state and local highway safety and law enforcement organizations, Oregon is raising awareness about motorcycle safety.
According to ODOT, 38 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2010. The following safety tips are offered for drivers and motorcyclists:
  • Always wear a helmet and protective clothing.
  • Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Don't speed.
  • Motorcycle rider training and education save lives. TEAM OREGON offers classes for beginner to advanced riders.
  • Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width - never try to share the lane.
  • Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging traffic.
  • Remember that road conditions may post major hazards to motorcyclists.
  • All more following distance, three to four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.