A 51 year old motorcycle rider collided with a pickup Sunday evening at 101 and Oceanview Drive, just north of Newport. The impact sent the rider, believed to be from Florida, sprawling across the pickup’s hood and then onto the asphalt. The motorcycle rider was talking to paramedics as he was loaded aboard an ambulance. No one in the pickup was injured.
Those in the pickup, who were pulling out onto Highway 101 from Oceanview, said the motorcyclist was southbound on 101 behind a line of cars turning right (westbound) onto Oceanview. They say as they pulled out into the intersection to turn northbound on 101, the motorcycle roared out from behind the line of cars and hit their pickup in the left front. They also say, an instant before the accident, the motorcyclist was facing backward, over his shoulder, perhaps checking for other traffic coming up from behind him. Then the collision. The motorcycle rider reportedly told law enforcement that he didn’t remember the accident.
After the damaged motorcycle was loaded aboard a tow truck, an officer indicated he was off to PCH to talk to the motorcycle rider some more.
A witness to the accident called News Lincoln County Monday morning to dispute the version of the accident given by the driver of the pickup. The witness said he later told police that the motorcyclist was in front of him and that the motorcyclist was not in a line of cars turning off 101 onto Oceanview. He was in the regular southbound traffic lane and that the pick-up pulled out from Oceanview (turning left) and hit the motorcycle broadside.
We await the police report.