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High speed suspected in fatal motorcycle crash

A Portland man died last Wednesday, Aug. 26, apparently after his motorcycle went off the road near Timber.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies got a report Thursday morning about a missing motorcycle rider. Apparently 10 motorcyclists were riding in the area Wednesday night and had a final stop together in Vernonia before departing in different directions.

Vadim Danilin, 24, never returned home, however and a family member called in to report him missing.

Deputies went to an area off Highway 26 near Timber and began an extensive search of the roadways, looking for any signs of a crash or of where Danilin’s motorcycle might have left the road. At about 7:45 p.m., a searcher reported finding signs that a motorcycle left the road along the 26000 block of Northwest Timber Road. Danilin was found dead near his motorcycle, about 40 yards over an embankment.

He apparently failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team helped investigate the crash. It appears that excessive speed may have been a contributing factor.


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