Motorcyclist smashes into car in Lents, with fatal result

Learn more about this tragic outer East Portland crash that ended in death …

A crash investigation begins, closing SE Holgate Boulevard for the afternoon, when a motorcycle plows into a turning sedan, in the Lents neighborhood.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Likely due to a steady rainfall, traffic was light on SE Holgate Boulevard in the noon hour of Saturday, October 23, when the two-vehicle collision closed the road a block east of the I-205 Freeway.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers who were dispatched to SE Holgate Boulevard at 97th Avenue at 12:41 p.m., found a motorcyclist on the ground on the southeast sidewalk of the intersection – and a Cadillac STS with front end damage, stopped in the street.

Because of the weather, crash investigators found few witnesses out on the street when the crash took place.

Portland Fire & Rescue and ambulance paramedics tended to the motorcycle rider and prepared him to be taken to a local hospital with what was believed to be life threatening injuries.

Members of the PPB Major Crash Team take over the investigation of this smashup.

A PPB sergeant at the crash site told East Portland News that said that, based on their initial investigation, the Cadillac was westbound on SE Holgate Boulevard, turning to go southbound on 97th Avenue. “The motorcycle was eastbound when the vehicles collided in the intersection.

“The speed of the motorcycle is believed to have been a contributing factor in the crash,” the sergeant remarked.

The 75-year-old female driver of the Cadillac remained at the scene and cooperated with the officers. Although the investigation is continuing, no arrests or citations have been issued at this time.

The motorcycle rider was taken to a local hospital, but his smashed machine remains at the crash site.

Then, on October 25 a PPB official announced, “Despite extensive lifesaving measures taken by paramedics and hospital staff, the motorcycle rider died. He is identified as 18-year-old Collin F. Page, of Portland.”

This is the 53rd fatal crash in Portland this year. There have been 59 PPB Major Crash Team activations this year. Drive carefully, especially now that we’re in rainy season!

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