Highway 219 crash resulted in death of Port Angeles, Washington man driving a motorcycle

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON STATE POLICE - A motorcycle on Highway 219 swerved into oncoming traffic Thursday evening, resulting in the death of the driver.A crash around 5:30 p.m. July 12 on Highway 219 resulted in the second death of a motorcyclist in northern Marion County on that date.

Investigators determined that John Stewart, 75, of Port Angeles, Washington, was driving a 2000 Harley Davidson northbound on Highway 219 when, for unknown reasons, he veered into the oncoming lane, crashing into a 2015 International truck. The truck was driven by Finet Navan Carlos Falig, 27, of Gresham.

Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene. Falig was not injured.

Highway 219 near Mahony Road Northeast was closed for five and a half hours.

The crash occurred hours after another motorcyclist was killed on River Road near Brooks when an SUV made a turn in front of the motorcycle.

A 90-year-old motorcyclist who was in a crash near Salem Thursday succumbed to his injuries on Friday, making his the third death involving a motorcycle in Marion County in a time span of less than 12 hours.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies want to remind motorists that the summer months bring extra traffic onto local roadways including motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. All residents and visitors are encouraged to practice being attentive drivers and to watch for others.

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