Motorcycle Hits Car, Injuring Two Riders

Date: July 8, 2010
Location: I-205 near Park Place Interchange, Oregon City, Oregon
Names: Melva Headrick, James Headrick, Walid M. Sallout

Two motorcycle riders were injured, one seriously, on July 8, 2010, when the motorcycle they were riding crashed into the back of a car on I-205 near the Park Place interchange in Oregon City, Oregon, according to an OSP press release.

The crash happened around 4 PM as James C. Headrick, 56, of Dallas, Oregon, was on a motorcycle with a passenger, Melva Headrick, 61, also of Dallas. As the motorcycle traveled north, it encountered slowing traffic, and crashed into the back of a car driven by Walid M. Sallout, 28, of Southeast Portland.

Melva Headrick was thrown from the motorcycle and over the concrete barrier. She landed in the left southbound lane of the highway and was seriously injured. She was flown by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. She is expected to survive.

James Headrick was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Sallout was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Portland Area Command are continuing to investigate the motorcycle crash in Oregon.

We send prayers and wishes for good health to Melva and James Headrick. We are glad Sallout was not hurt, and we wish him the best as well.

Anytime a motorcycle rider is hurt in an Oregon traffic crash, we are reminded of the high injury and death rates for motorcycle riders. Several factors contribute to the potential risk: a motorcycle itself is more difficult to handle than a car, and two-wheeled vehicles are more unstable than those with four wheels. Adding to the danger, some motorists may find motorcyclists harder to see, or just aren’t watchful of them. And a substantial factor in many crashes is inexperience.

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