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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 229 north of Siletz
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354

A Stayton-area man died Tuesday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle while negotiating a curve on Highway 229 north of Siletz and was ejected into the side of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) utility truck.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Lieutenant Kelly Collins, on May 27, 2008 at approximately 2:40 p.m. a 1999 Honda 600 motorcycle operated by MICHAEL F. BAKER, age 40, from Stayton, was northbound on Highway 229 near milepost 14 in the rear position of a larger group of motorcyclists. As BAKER was attempting to negotiate a right curve he lost control and was ejected off the motorcycle into the southbound lane where he struck the side of an ODOT 1999 Ford utility truck traveling in the opposite direction.
The crash was not witnessed by other members of the motorcycle group the victim was riding with.
BAKER was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.
Neither of the two occupants in the ODOT vehicle was injured. They are identified as driver DAVID DOUGLAS HACEK, age 44, from Albany, and passenger TOM MARION CHASTAIN, age 56, from Toledo. Both were using safety restraints.
OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are completing the investigation. An officer from Newport Police Department who is a member of an interagency crash investigation team, ODOT, PacWest Ambulance, and Lincoln County District Attorney's Office assisted at the scene.
Highway 229 was closed in both directions for about four hours.