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Driver Cited After Colliding With Unoccupied OSP Motorcycle - Interstate 205 / Gladstone
09/29/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) motorcycle trooper was not injured Monday morning when his unoccupied motorcycle was struck on the freeway shoulder by an out-of-control car involved in a collision after trying to change lanes on Interstate 205 near Gladstone.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Walt Anderson, on September 29, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Mark Kingma was off his OSP motorcycle on the passenger side of a Toyota pickup talking to its driver regarding a traffic violation northbound Interstate 205 near milepost 11 north of the 82nd Drive overpass. A 1997 Volkswagen Jetta driven by KATY BROWNELL, age 23, from Tigard, was northbound changing from the left to center lane when she lost control and struck the rear of a 2007 International flatbed truck. After impact the Volkswagen spun toward the right shoulder, struck the left side of the OSP motorcycle and then bumped into the rear of the Toyota pickup.
 
No one was injured.
 
BROWNELL was cited for Careless Driving.
 
The Toyota pickup's driver is identified as JEREMY ESPERUM, age 22, from Oregon City.
 
The International truck's driver is identified as KURT FRY, age 41, from northeast Portland.
 
The OSP motorcycle and BROWNELL's car were towed from the scene.
 
This incident is a reminder to drivers to leave more space when changing lanes - one of several safety messages police, ODOT and the Oregon Trucking Association hope to get across this week through public service announcements, posters, highway signs, and more as part of a safety campaign on Interstate 5 in the Willamette Valley. This week, police officers will be riding in commercial trucks looking for car and truck drivers who engage in risky driving behavior such as speeding, following too closely, and unsafe lane changes.
 
The "Ticket Aggressive Cars and Trucks" (TACT) campaign is modeled after a successful operation conducted in Washington. A news release explaining the safety campaign was sent out by ODOT on September 25th. More information is available on ODOT's website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/SAFETY.shtml.