|Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
A Seattle, Washington man died Wednesday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and slid underneath a pickup traveling in the opposite direction on Highway 101 about one mile south of Cannon Beach.
According to OSP Sergeant Andrew Merila, on October 7, 2009 at approximately 3:20 p.m. a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by ALAN G. GELVIN, age 55, from Seattle, Washington was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 32. As the motorcycle was attempting to negotiate a sharp right curve, GELVIN lost control and slid into the northbound lane where it went underneath a 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup. The pickup's driver, EDWARD JONES, age 62, from Scappoose, tried to steer to the right to avoid the motorcycle but was unable to do so. The pickup came to a stop straddling the fog line along the northbound shoulder.
GELVIN was wearing a protective helmet and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
EDWARD JONES and his wife/passenger, CAROL JONES, age 59, were transported by ambulance to Seaside Providence Hospital for an evaluation of possible injury.
OSP troopers from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation.
Cannon Beach Police Department, Cannon Beach Fire Department, Clatsop County Medical Examiner and ODOT assisted at the scene. The highway was closed until 5:40 p.m. during the investigation.