RIP Rider. I am very familiar with where this accident happened. This is east of OR-202 junction with OR-103. (this was corrected from an earlier report that is was West of the junction). It sounds like the rider lost control of his bike for unknown reasons and went off the shoulder and hit a power pole. Although the accident may have been due to medical reasons, it is a reminder to be careful this time of year (and always) due to road debris. I know that area often has gravel in the center lane and near the shoulders and especially near the junction. It is not clear what the specific cause was, but at 11:30 a.m. it is unlikely to be deer-related. It is also not known if another vehicle was involved. Thoughts and prayers are with the rider's family. Please Ride Safe!
Details from the Columbian:
A 70-year-old Vancouver motorcyclist died Sunday morning when he collided with a power pole in northwest Oregon.
Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said William Jay Davies’ motorcycle was on Highway 202 just east of the Highway 103 junction north of Jewell.
OSP Sergeant Andrew Merila said the accident happened at approximately 11:27 a.m. He said Davies was riding a 2004 Honda motorcycle westbound on Highway 202 near milepost 29. As the motorcycle came out of a curve, it drifted onto the shoulder and went down an embankment, colliding with the pole.
Davies was pronounced dead the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet, the OSP said.