NEAR SELMA, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon’s fatal motorcycle crash along Highway 199 near Selma in Josephine County.
According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle operated by Grants Pass resident James Osborne, 47, was northbound on Highway 199 at Sauers Flat near milepost 25. He was accompanied by his brother who was riding a separate motorcycle. As the motorcyclists entered a sweeping right hand curve from Sauers Flat, Osborne lost control of his motorcycle and crossed into the oncoming southbound lane of travel. His motorcycle sideswiped a passenger car and then continued off the west shoulder of the roadway where it impacted a tree stump.
Witnesses on scene performed CPR until American Medical Response arrived to relieve them. The operator of the passenger car was not injured. Osborne was was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural/Metro Fire Department, ODOT, and AMR ambulance. Excessive speed is a considered a contributing factor, according to police.