NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A head-on collision south of Grants Pass kills a motorcyclist in Josephine County.
Just after 8 a.m., a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by 56-year-old Randall Kent Lubin from Selma, headed into Grants Pass northbound on 199, and hit the front of a semi-driver headed in the other direction. Police say the motorcyclist crossed the center line into the southbound traffic near mile marker 14.
OSP said the truck’s driver, 59-year-old Lee Conner from Springfield, couldn’t avoid the motorcycle and stopped about a hundred yards down the road after impact. Officers say the motorcyclist was dead on arrival and the semi-truck driver is not injured. Police are still investigating what caused the driver to move over the center line.
“We have no idea why he crossed the center line and may never know, but just remind people if they’re driving that if they’re tired just to pull over get some rest take a nap whatever you need to do,” said Oregon State Police Sgt. Jeff Proulx
Oregon State Police say the roadway was limited to one lane for nearly three hours. Troopers don’t believe there will be any criminal charges.