A Lynwood man died Sunday morning after his motorcycle struck a deer on a highway in north central Oregon.
Oregon State Police say Randall L. Upshaw, 63, died sometime between 7 a.m. and 7:56 a.m. yesterday. A passing motorist found Upshaw’s downed 2005 Honda motorcycle, a dead deer, and the victim lying along the highway. Upshaw died at the scene.
Police said the accident happened near Spray, Ore. on Highway 19 near milepost 89. They said Upshaw was wearing a helmet.
While it’s not known what happened in this accident, OSP, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have issued a statement urging drivers to be extra vigilant and stay aware of the possible dangers of animals on or near highways.
- Be attentive at all times, especially sunset to sunrise for any potential hazard on or near the highway.
- When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
- Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
- Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
- When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.