Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fatal Vehicle Crash on Highway 213 near Milepost 13 -- Clackamas County (Photo)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 28th, 2017 9:26 AM
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On June 27, 2017 at approximately 8:30PM, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 213 near S Union Mills Road, in Mulino.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2006 custom Bigdog motorcycle, operated by Vincent Michael MERKLEY, age 26 of Molalla was traveling northbound on Highway 213 at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner, when he rear-ended a silver 2007 Jeep Liberty, operated by Kaelin Craig BENNETT, age 25 of Molalla. Upon impact, MERKLEY was ejected from the Bigdog. The Bigdog came to rest approximately 15-20 feet down an embankment.

At the time of the collision, BENNETT was wearing safety restraints; however, witnesses indicated that MERKLEY was not wearing a helmet. MERKLEY was transported by air ambulance to Oregon Health Science University where he succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin notification was made.

OSP was assisted by Molalla Fire District, LifeFlight and Oregon Department of Transportation.
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