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Motorcycle
Motorcycle
UPDATE: Motorcyclist Killed in Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Crash Identified (Photo) - 02/17/24

The motorcycle rider who died in Wednesday’s crash is identified as Jeremy T. Bankston, 38. His family has been notified of his death.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of a 2018 Dodge Caravan was turning from eastbound on Northeast Eugene Street to northbound on Northeast 111th Avenue. Bankston was riding a 2001 Yamaha southbound on Northeast 111th Avenue at a speed well above the posted 20mph speed limit. He appeared to apply brakes, lost control, crashed, and slid under the minivan. The van was lifted with jacks by Portland Fire & Rescue in an effort to get to him for medical treatment, but he was deceased.

This is an ongoing investigation, but at this point no charges have been filed. If anyone has information about this crash and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-37199.

This is the 12th traffic-related fatality of the year in Portland. The original news release mistakenly stated the count. There have been 12 traffic deaths year-to-date, and 13 callouts of the Major Crash Team. Year-to-date in 2023, there had been 6 traffic deaths and 8 MCT callouts.

Those may be higher figures than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.

Photo descriptions:
1-Black and white motorcycle laying on its side, headlight shining
2-A yellow and grey floor jack lifting minivan up off the street, a black motorcycle helmet and white hightop shoe on the pavement nearby
3-The street sign at NE 111/Eugene, PPB traffic officers engaged in an investigation in background

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***Original Message Below***

A crash involving a motorcycle rider and a vehicle driver has resulted in a death in the Parkrose Heights Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 4:24p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of Northeast 111th Avenue and Northeast Eugene Street. When they arrived they found a crash involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. The motorcycle rider was deceased at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

The Portland Police Traffic Division Major Crash Team (MCT) is responding to the scene to investigate the crash. During the investigation, Northeast 111th Avenue is closed between Northeast Thompson Street and Northeast Tillamook Street.

If anyone has information about this crash and has not already spoken to police, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attn: Traffic Investigations Unit and reference case number 24-37199.

The PIO is not responding to the scene. Additional information will be released as appropriate. This is the 13th traffic-related fatality of the year in Portland. That may be a higher figure than the Portland fatal crashes counted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA’s count excludes crashes involving suicide, private property, non-public roadways, non-motor vehicles, medical events, and deaths that happen more than 30 days after a crash.

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Attached Media Files: Motorcycle , Van , Crash investigation
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