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Motorcycle, Police Car Collide

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EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene police car collided with a motorcyclist as the officer was headed to a police call.

The accident happened at the intersection of River Road and Silver Lane.

The 73-year-old motorcyclist, Donald Ray McCullough, is ok, and we don’t know who caused the crash.

Eugene Police Officer Michael Klews, 36, was northbound on River Road and McCullough was turning southbound onto River Road when the accident happened. Police say Officer Klews was called to help other officers on a call regarding a man with a gun. Police say Officer Klews had his lights on, but it’s unclear whether his siren was sounding.

McCullough was walking around and told us he was headed to the doctor to get stitches on his hand.

“I was just filling up a car here and I heard the tires screech and I looked over and that’s what I saw the car, the bicycle laid over and the guy was laying on the ground a woman jumped out of the car saying oh sir are you ok and that was pretty much it. I didn’t expect it to be a cop car,” said witness Ben Hiller.

That witness says he didn’t see any police lights on.

Because it is an officer-involved accident, a Major Collision Team is investigating and the findings will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.

Eugene police say River Road at River Avenue will be down to one lane northbound. Drivers are advised to avoid the area until approximately 5 p.m.

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  1. brian says:

    no mention of the officer running a red light or that his sirens were NOT in anyway on! you guys should interview more eye wittnesses

    1. Shelly Taylor says:

      I certainly hope they do a PROPER investigation as they should. If they officer is as fault there should be consequences. There is a protocol that needs to be followed for exactly these reasons. They would certainly impose consequences on us if we messed up.

  2. Randy says:

    That intersection is a huge JOKE !! That whole stretch of River Road has got to be the the most idiotic of any in Eugene . None of the lights are sequenced to help keep traffic flowing.. IM surprised there aren’t more accidents / fatalities in that area.

  3. HD_rider says:

    you can bet the cop was not paying attention, and was focused on the call.. maybe even playing on her car computer.

  4. Michaela says:

    I saw the Accident Happen. When we were leaving the bank right there, we were worried that it was a fatalitie because we saw the big van. Once we read about it on here, we were relieved to find out that it wasnt one.

  5. Average Joe says:

    Thank goodness the motorcyclist is alright! Instead of pointing fingers of shame, why don’t we all just be glad everybody involved is okay — albiet, each person is shaken up. That officer was enroute to a call involving a deadly weapon. The investigation will tell us if the officer’s overhead lights were on and s/he was slowing down to make sure the intersection was clear. The collision with the motorcycle is disturbing, yes. How do you think the officer feels? That officer is probably just as rattled as the motorcyclist and witnesses (and a little emberassed).
    As for the siren, think about it: responding to a call involving a GUN. Wouldn’t you want reponding officers to sneak up on anybody so as to not spook the alleged criminal away from the scene or encourage the them into acting more violent, sooner? I know I would want a quick and SILENT response from the police so they could play the element of surprise on somebody threatening ME with a gun.

  6. Shelly Taylor says:

    Average Joe: I totally agree with you in that the officer probably feels awful, everyone makes mistakes, thankfully no one was seriously injured. We still don’t know all the facts, so I am not going to make a judgment, on liability, yet. However, protocol is that the officer makes sure the intersection is clear regardless of the overhead light being on. However, you don’t turn off your siren until you get close to the GUN call so that these things don’t happen. I don’t know how close the officer was, so I can’t make a call on that. However, you tend to error in the favor of OFFICER SAFETY rather than worrying about upsetting the criminal further when an officer calls for assistance.

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