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PPB arrest motorcycle operator for I-205 bike path collision

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 22nd, 2012 at 10:05 am

*Scroll to end of story for major update*

Last night at just after 1:30 am I got a phone call about a "weird occurrence" on the on I-205 multi-use path just north of NE Glisan St on-ramp (map).

It turns out that someone on a motorcycle heading northbound somehow managed to end up on the adjacent path and struck a man who was riding his bike. Both people went to the hospital with what are being reported as non-serious injuries.

In that location, the I-205 path is only separated from the on-ramp by a concrete barrier wall (see aerial photo below). While bicycling through this intersection, I've often lamented at how awkward and unpleasant it is. It's not clear how this actually happened. The police have yet to release a statement about it.

Several local news stations responded; but so far they are only reported vague details. KGW says that, "The motorcycle and its driver flipped over the barrier, and the motorcycle knocked the cyclist off his bike." Here's a video of their report...

And here's a map of where it happened:

I will update this post when I hear back from the police. I can speculate a few scenarios that might have happened. The motorcycle operator might have been headed westbound on NE Glisan and, due to poor visibility or some other reason, mistook the I-205 path for the on-ramp. Or, perhaps the more likely scenario is that the motorcycle operator was headed eastbound on NE Glisan and then turned left onto the on-ramp, overshot the turn, and hit the barrier.

Anyone have more information?

UPDATE: The PPB has charged the motorcycle operator with DUII, Reckless Driving, Violation of Maximum Speed, and Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. Here's their statement:

This morning, Friday June 22, 2012, at 1:29 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the report of a crash on the bike path at Northeast Glisan Street over I-205. The caller reported that a person riding a motorcycle crashed into a bicyclist on the bike path.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located both parties injured on the bike path, just North of Glisan. Both the motorcycle and the bicycle were heavily damaged. Both people were transported to an area hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the motorcycle rider, 28-year-old Ashley Cameron Benbrook, was riding his 2002 Harley Davidson Sportster X88 northbound on I-205 and took the Glisan Street off-ramp at an estimated speed of 60-70 mile per hour. As he reached the intersection of Glisan and the on-ramp/off-ramp to the freeway, Benbrook lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into the barrier between the on-ramp and the bike path, which is on the eastside of the freeway.

Benbrook and the motorcycle crashed over the barrier and hit 34-year-old Jeffrey Omar Glass, who was riding his bicycle southbound on the bike path.

At the hospital, it was determined that Benbrook had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .094. Because he was in the hospital, Benbrook was given citations for DUII, Reckless Driving, Violation of Maximum Speed, and Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

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  • oskarbaanks June 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I love the "Tire Factory" ad when you link to the news video.
    Here's to a speedy recovery for both involved. ouch!

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  • Erinne June 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Why don't we get a full descrip of the bicycle make, model and year, too?

    Also, I hope Jeffrey has a speedy recovery, and gets a new bike soon!

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  • Granpa June 22, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Why am I not surprised that alcohol was involved?

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  • Jerry June 22, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Unfortunately, all it took was noticing the time of night this happened to conclude that alcohol was probably a factor.
    I'm just wondering if the motorcyclist is the same Ashley Benbrook that was involved in the meth-related death of Jennifer Burkey in Idaho in '05.
    Hmm...
    Here's wishing both parties speedy recoveries (in all uses of that word).

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    • Spiffy June 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

      that would have made Ashley about 21 at the time, but news reports say he was 24 at the time of the Idaho thing... probably a different person...

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      • Jerry June 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

        My bad. Jennifer died on '07. That makes the Ashley's age about right.

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  • Chris I June 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I figured he was on the freeway offramp when they described the location of the incident. The light probably changed, or he didn't notice the red light until too late. He may have even gone airborne briefly, as he was going 60-70, and that ramp flattens out onto Glisan fairly abruptly.

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  • Jeff June 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

    wow. big surprise there. drunk a-hole almost kills two people. lovely stuff. real class act.

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  • Spiffy June 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

    While bicycling through this intersection, I've often lamented at how awkward and unpleasant it is.

    yes, it is! I hate it... and it was even more annoying during the construction update of the path months ago... there are often peds crossing and the bike path is directed across the ped crosswalk and onto the sidewalk on Glisan for a block before it continues south... I always let out an annoying sigh when I approach it...

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    • S June 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      I was just biking through there yesterday on my way to the Springwater and feeling pretty unsafe as cars were whizzing close by...

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  • Champs June 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I don't know if the I-205 path is more awkward and unpleasant at Glisan, Burnside, Stark/Washington, or Sandy.

    My personal bugaboo is the north end of the Eastbank Esplanade, with its awkward dual exit/entry ramp (marked to be blocked by exiting traffic), tight downhill turns, and poor visibility.

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    • Psyfalcon June 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Glisan, I think is the worst. I got completely lost there because there really seems to be no signage. Flavel is another one which needs some work... so is 92nd for that matter.

      Burnside has signs and Stark/Washington is straightforward even if its inconvenient.

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  • Schrauf June 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I'm not sure which is worse - local motorcyclists joyriding at high speed down separated MUPs (which is what I first feared), or someone simply driving so drunk he thinks it is safe to exit a freeway like that.

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  • dwainedibbly June 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    What, no mention of helmets?

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    • Andyc June 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Exactly. I'm also a little surprised that no-one's blaming the bicyclist for this "accident".

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      • lyle June 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

        I'm sure that's more than covered by the commenters to the story, which I now refuse to read with any story related to a bicyclist being injured or killed.

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  • Joe June 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Oh snap just when you think ur safe a moto comes into your path. GET WELL and hope you heal fast.

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    • Spiffy June 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      so much for the interested but concerned crowd hoping for separate facilities...

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  • Jim Lee June 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Not many years ago a TOTAL DRUNK drove his car into the westbound MAX tunnel nearly to the ZOO station.

    Said he was trying to find the Interstate Bridge.

    CRC cannot come soon enough for some folks!

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  • Joe June 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Jim Lee
    Not many years ago a TOTAL DRUNK drove his car into the westbound MAX tunnel nearly to the ZOO station.
    Said he was trying to find the Interstate Bridge.
    CRC cannot come soon enough for some folks!
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    I heard about that, guess drove all the way past sunset?

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    • Spiffy June 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      the other west...

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  • CaptainKarma June 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    one evening after dark on the 205 path I had to dodge a crazy person on a moped at speed, who was towing a large trailer, overloaded, no lights or even reflectors on any of it. I wouldn't even know who to call, park rangers?

    Wish we didn't have to call this path after a combustion-vehicle freeway number. Makes it sound like part of the morning rat-race traffic report, ugh.
    I liked "The Woody Guthrie Highway" as has been suggested before. Even if it's not truly govt approved, ;-)

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  • Todd Boulanger June 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Or the PU truck driver reported to have driven on the 205 bridge path 4ish years ago.

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  • Todd Boulanger June 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    ...or the Ron Tonkin sales ad that came up when I watched the video

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  • J-R June 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    At least there were multiple citations. What's different about this than the usual "no citation have been issued yet?"

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  • Spiffy June 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    since this is the second motorcycle to crash into a bike in the last year are people going to start calling on more restrictions for motorcycles?

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  • John Lascurettes June 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Because he was in the hospital, Benbrook was given citations for DUII, Reckless Driving, Violation of Maximum Speed, and Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

    Wait – because he was in the hospital he was cited? That was a weird statement. I hope this implies that it was because he was in the hospital that he wasn't arrested (as opposed to it was because he was in the hospital that he was cited at all).

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    • mh June 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you. My puzzled thoughts exactly.

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  • Bike-Max-Bike June 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Seen motorized vehicles many times on the 205 and springH2O. Always wonder where the bike cop patrol is when you need them...

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    • A.K. June 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Late to the party with this comment, but I passed two people driving a street-legal dirtbike on the Springwater in the Gresham area of the path a few months ago. This was probably 5 pm on a nice Sunday afternoon.

      I shook my head and made a "neck cut" hand gesture, but they didn't care. Didn't stop, didn't turn around and try to fight me, didn't flip me off - just kept on going.

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  • Albert June 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    The conviction from the Hawthorne Bridge motorcycle-into-bicycle crash back in September:

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/02/motorcyclist_who_crashed_into.html

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