Motorcyclist killed in crash; stretch of SE Powell Boulevard reopens after investigation

Police say a motorcyclist was killed after colliding with two vehicles on Southeast Powell Boulevard on Feb. 6, 2018. KATU photo

PORTLAND, Ore. – Southeast Powell Boulevard closed from Southeast 136th Avenue to 144th Avenue for hours Tuesday morning while police investigate a fatal crash.

Portland Police Bureau said a motorcyclist collided with two vehicles near the intersection of Southeast 141st Avenue and Southeast Powell Boulevard at 3:17 a.m.

When emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, they determined the motorcyclist was deceased.

The drivers of the dark colored truck and red sedan involved in the crash remained at the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau Major Crash Team responded to the crash scene.

After investigating, officials say the driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard. Witnesses say that before the crash, the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed, passing vehicles and traveling into the oncoming lane of traffic.

At the intersection with Southeast 141st Avenue, he crashed into a GMC pickup truck that was turning southbound onto Southeast 141st Avenue from westbound Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Police say the motorcyclist was thrown from the bike. The operator landed on the ground and was struck by a red Ford sedan that was traveling westbound on Southeast Powell Boulevard.

Officers believe the driver of the red Ford, 26-year-old Rory A. Morgan, was driving while intoxicated at the time of the crash. Morgan was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The deceased motorcyclist will be identified after the Oregon State Medical Examiner performs an autopsy and next of kin is notified.

The road reopened around 6:30 a.m.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division at 503-823-2103.

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