Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning’s fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and a deer on Highway 199 about eleven miles south of Grants Pass. The victim’s name is released following confirmation of next of kin notification.
According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, on July 6, 2012 at approximately 9:00 a.m. two men were riding Harley Davidson motorcycles northbound on Highway 199 near the town of Wonder. The men were traveling about 55 mph when a deer standing on the side of the highway jumped onto the road. The lead motorcyclist, Alen Collum, age 64, from Happy Camp, California, struck the deer and crashed off the side of the highway. The second motorcyclist, a 60-year Happy Camp resident, avoided the deer and maintained control of his motorcycle without crashing.
Collum was transported via air by Mercy Flights to Rogue Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. He was wearing a protective helmet.
OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by AMR ambulance, Mercy Flights, Rural Metro Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was closed intermittently during a one hour period.
The deer was also killed.
OSP and ODOT reminds all drivers of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. The following driving tips are offered as it relates to animal encounters on or near the highway:
- Be attentive at all times, especially sunset to sunrise for any potential hazard on or near the highway.
- When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
- Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
- When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
- When driving a passenger vehicle, always wear your safety belt because any collision could result in serious injuries.
News Release and Photo from: Oregon State Police