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Motorcycle rider killed in Klamath Falls crash

Klamath Falls Police say that a 68-year-old man died after crashing into a truck at the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street.

Posted: Feb 8, 2021 11:43 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath Falls Police say that a 68-year-old man died on Sunday after crashing into a truck at the intersection of Main Street and 5th Street.

Officers responded just before 2:30 p.m. on Sunday after reports of a crash at the intersection between a truck and a motorcycle. Callers said that the motorcycle rider "was down and appeared to be unresponsive," police said.

KFPD arrived to find 68-year-old John Manuel Sarabia lying on the ground next to his motorcycle. Officers tried to provide lifesaving measures on Sarabia until paramedics could arrive and take over, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation found that the driver of a 2000 Dodge Dakota was traveling south on Main Street when he passed through an intersection. KFPD said that it was "purported to be" a green light for the driver at the time. Sarabia's motorcycle slammed into the Dakota's passenger door, the driver told police.

The driver of the Dakota was uninjured in the crash, and stayed on the scene until police arrived.

"The speed of the motorcycle may have been a contributing factor, at this point it is unknown if alcohol was involved," KFPD said. "The investigation is ongoing."

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