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Speeding motorcyclist killed in Powell Blvd crash

High speed claims another life on S. E. Powell Boulevard

DAVID F. ASHTON - Police close down S.E. Powell Boulevard to investigate a fatal motorcycle crash. A motorcycle rider lost his life when he crashed into a turning vehicle along S.E. Powell Boulevard in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood on Friday night, April 21, just before midnight.

Based on information gathered from witnesses, investigators believe the motorcyclist was traveling fast eastbound on Powell Boulevard as he approached 37th Avenue – and smashed into a westbound truck that was just turning left to go south on 37th.

"Officers and medical personnel determined that the male adult motorcycle rider had suffered traumatic injuries," said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Christopher Burley. "The motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene. The operator of the motor vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with officers."

The intersection was closed until about 3 a.m. the following morning while officers from the Portland Police Traffic Division's Major Crash Team conducted an investigation.

"Speed is believed to be a factor in this fatal traffic crash," Burley later affirmed. The cyclist had not yet been publicly identified as THE BEE went to press.