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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 31 south of Summer Lake
05/29/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A Dallas, Oregon man died Saturday afternoon after losing control of his motorcycle on Highway 31 about five miles south of the community of Summer Lake in Lake County.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Steve Yates, on May 29, 2010 at approximately 12:45 p.m. WILLIAM MICHAEL KLEIMAN, age 64, from Dallas, was operating a 1992 Yamaha motorcycle southbound on Highway 31 near milepost 77 with a group of at least 3 other motorcyclists. As KLEIMAN was negotiated a left downhill curve, the motorcycle traveled onto the right gravel shoulder. KLEIMAN lost control and the motorcycle flipped, ejecting KLEIMAN onto the southbound lane.
 
KLEIMAN was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.
OSP troopers from the Lakeview work site are continuing the investigation.
 
Troopers were assisted at the scene by ODOT, ambulance personnel from Paisley and Silver Lake, and a BLM ranger.
 
As a reminder, May is "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month". More information regarding this awareness designation is available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/nr10042301.shtml.