OSP Investigates Motorcycle Crash

ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore. — Oregon State Police is continuing its investigation into the cause of a traffic crash Monday afternoon.

OSP says around 12:25 p.m. a Honda Accord was traveling northbound on Highway 99W near Ryals Avenue. The car, driven by Rachelle Collier, 29, of Albany, signaled for a right turn onto Ryals Avenue. As the car slowed for the turn, the motorcycle behind attempted to pass on the right but ended up colliding with the side of the car. Both occupants were ejected for the motorcycle as it traveled off the highway into tall grass.

The driver of the motorcycle, John D. Whitewater Jr., 18, of Corvallis, was transported to the Samaritan Region Medical Center in Corvallis with serious injuries. The 14-year-old female passenger was transported to the same Medical Center with minor injuries. Both were wearing protective helmets.

Collier and her 3-week-old infant passenger were not injured in the crash.

OSP troopers from the Albany and Salem Area continue to investigate the crash.

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