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Story by Kent Masterson - The Oregon Herald
Published on Sunday October 18, 2020 - 2:55 AM
 
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HOOD RIVER, Oregon - On Friday at about 8:00 P.M., a Hood River County Sheriff's Office Sergeant attempted to stop a Suzuki motorcycle driver for a traffic violation. The officer lost the motorcycle driver as the driver quickly pulled way and turned northbound onto Toll Bridge Road.

About a minute later, the sergeant discovered motorcycle crashed on Toll Bridge Rd. south of the intersection of Hwy 35.

Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded.

Apparently the Suzuki, operated by 34-year-old Lyle Halverson of Hood River, was northbound on Toll Bridge Road at a high rate of speed when he failed to make a right hand corner, entered the southbound lane and crashed into a Ford F-150 pickup operated by 53-year-old Guy Wertgen of Parkdale.

Halverson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Wertgen was not injured.

OSP was assisted by Parkdale Fire and Rescue.