A Portland woman riding as passenger on a motorcycle was killed and two men were injured Thursday evening when the motorcycle and a car collided on Highway 97 near Lava Butte, six miles south of Bend, Oregon State Police said Friday.
The two injured men were in fair condition at St. Charles Bend Friday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said. Troopers released names but said they were withholding details about the manner and cause of the collision "pending the ongoing investigation." Around 5:40 p.m., a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle with two riders and a 1998 Ford Mustang with one occupant were heading north on Highway 97 near milepost 149 north of Sunriver when the two vehicles collided, troopers said. The motorcycle then crashed into the center concrete barrier before coming to rest on the highway several hundred feet from the estimated point of impact, OSP said. The Mustang came to rest on its top off the side of the highway. The motorcycle passenger, identified as Lisa Michelle Tomlin Grall, 53, of southeast Portland, was pronounced dead at the scene. The male motorcycle operator, Phillip Martin Branum, 62, of La Pine, was flown by AirLink helicopter to St. Charles Bend with what troopers called serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Both riders were wearing helmets, they added. The car's driver, Cory L. McBride, 27, of Tucson, Arizona, was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to the Bend hospital with reported non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said. OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from Bend and La Pine offices are leading the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire Department and ODOT. OSP and ODOT said the fatal crash served as a tragic reminder to all drivers and motorcycle operators that May is "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month" in Oregon. According to ODOT, 43 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2013, down from 51 in 2012. Last year, 73 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in Oregon were attributed to the motorcyclist committing the primary error leading to the crash. With Memorial Day Holiday weekend approaching, OSP, Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA), Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), and ODOT offer the following safety reminders: * Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. * Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes. * Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving. * Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert. * Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes. * Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads. * Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips). * Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations. * MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated. OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).