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Patriot Guard Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Crash

The injured man was taken to Salem Hospital, and was wearing his helmet when the crash occurred police said.

Patriot Guard Crash
A Patriot Guard motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a collision with a pickup at the Highway 51 and Halls Ferry Road intersection about three miles north of Independence. Photo Courtesy: Oregon State Police

(INDEPENDENCE, Ore.) - A Patriot Guard motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday afternoon in a collision with a pickup at the Highway 51 and Halls Ferry Road intersection about three miles north of Independence.

Oregon State Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings says at approximately 4:35 p.m., a 1990 Yamaha motorcycle operated by 50-year-old Richard Romano, from Independence, was traveling northbound on Highway 51 approaching the intersection with Halls Ferry Road.

A 2013 Dodge pickup driven by 64-year-old David Hargreaves, from Caldwell, Idaho, was stopped at a stop sign on Halls Ferry Road and pulled out into the motorcyclist's path.

The motorcycle collided into the pickup's driver side door, ejecting Romano on impact and seriously injuring him.

Romano was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. He was wearing a protective helmet.

Hargreaves and a 63-year old female passenger were not injured,and Hargreaves was cited by Oregon State Police for Fail to Yield Right of Way, Hastings said.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County Fire District No. 1, and ODOT.

Highway 51 was temporarily blocked during the emergency response and crash investigation.




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Leslie August 13, 2014 12:00 pm (Pacific time)

Glad you are okay, Richard. Love you lots. Glad to see that you are loved & appreciated across this great nation of ours. Sorry you missed the ceremony that you so love being a part of as well. You'll be good as new and back at it soon, I'm sure! Don't worry about your motorcycle. It can be repaired or replaced. Your body can't so now its time to rest & recuperate!! :o)


James roady August 11, 2014 6:52 pm (Pacific time)

Prayers from the illinois patriot guard family for you richard for a fast and complete recovery


Pamela Best August 11, 2014 5:48 pm (Pacific time)

Is there anything that can be done to help? the PGR has helped my family bury several vets around the country. Please post the needs.

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