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Driver Dies in Motorcycle Crash

SWEET HOME, Ore. — Oregon State Police is continuing its investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred Friday night.

Around 10:22 p.m., an Albany Police officer attempted to stop Lance Morgan Hawken, 42, of Sweet Home, for a traffic violation near 15th Avenue and Long Street. Hawken, driving a Ducati motorcycle, failed to yield and attempted to elude the officer. The officer lost sight of the motorcycle as it traveled southbound on 8th Avenue.

A short time later, a 911 call came in reporting a motorcycle crash with a man down in the front yard of a home on 8th Avenue near birch Street. Emergency responders arrived and pronounced Hwaken dead at the scene.

OSP investigation found that Hawken attempted to negotiate a curve, lost control, traveled off the road into a yard and struck a tree. Troopers say he was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP says speed is a contributing factor in the crash.

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