Here is the news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on Friday evening’s fatal crash on Logsden Road, east of Siletz.
Motorcyclist behind pickup goes out to pass as the pickup turns left into a private drive. Impact causes death of the motorcycle rider.
On June 28, 2013 at approximately 6:08pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported traffic crash on Logsden Road near milepost 3.8 east of Siletz, Oregon. A 911 caller reported a motorcycle and a full-size pickup had collided at the location and one subject was on the ground unresponsive. Siletz Valley Fire personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the motorcyle operator was deceased.
Due to the nature of the crash, deputies at the scene requested the Lincoln County Multi-Agency Crash Team (MAC-T) respond to the scene to conduct further investigation. Investigation by crash team members revealed a gray 1988 Ford pickup operated by 38 year old Siletz Resident Nahni Metcalf was traveling eastbound on Logsden Road and was negotiating a left hand turn into a private driveway. As Metcalf initiated the turn, her vehicle was struck in the driver’s door area by a green 1996 BMW R1100 motorcycle operated by 64 year old Siletz Resident Richard Miles Berenson, a Toledo High School math and science teacher. Investigation showed Berenson was attempting to pass Metcalf’s vehicle on the left resulting in the collision. Berenson was subsequently thrown from his motorcycle and died from injuries sustained from the crash.
Metcalf and her female passenger were uninjured as a result of the incident. Metcalf has been cooperative with the investigation and no impairment was detected as a possible factor related to the crash. Further investigation into the details of the crash is continuing however no criminal charges are being considered at this time.
Next of kin has been notified.