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Death on two wheels in Westmoreland

by: ERIC NORBERG - Not only did the speeding cycle crush in the wall on the corner of the apartment on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue - in the 2:43 am crash, on July 11 - but it did so at about a five foot elevation, indicating that the motorcycle had gone airborne when it hit the curb, and soared over the lawn in front of the apartment before it hit the building.At about quarter to three in the morning on Thursday, July 11, 34-year-old Damian Gerold Wyatt of Milwaukie was blazing southbound on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at a very high rate of speed – traveling just south of the McLoughlin Boulevard overcrossing on a 2007 Kawasaki ZX6 motorcycle.

Probably due to his high speed, he failed to follow the road as it bends slightly to the right along the rim of Oaks Bottom north of Insley Street.

He went off the roadway, going airborne over the east curb and over the lawn before crashing into the northwest corner of an apartment building at 5248 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, at about a five-foot height.

The force of the impact smashed in the corner of the apartment, broke the adjacent windows, scattered debris for some distance, and apparently killed the rider instantly. He was thrown from the motorcycle, and the wrecked machine slid into a nearby parked vehicle.

Milwaukie Avenue was shut down for over two hours to allow the police investigation. It was the 23rd traffic fatality in Portland in 2013, and the fourth in the Rose City that week.