By NR Staff • 

Motorcyclist injured in crash at Highway 99W and 47

man transported to hospital by Life Flight

Dan Belderrain photo
Medical personnel aid a motorcyclist who was struck Monday afternoon by a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 99W and 47.
Richard Nistler photoEmergency personnel loads  Lynn Clyde McKibben, 70, in to a Life Flight helicopter to be transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

A motorcyclist was injured Monday afternoon when he was struck by a pickup at the intersection of Highway 99W and 47.

Oregon State Police Trooper Phil Richardson identified the victim as Lynn Clyde McKibben, 70. He sustained a serious leg injury and was transported by a Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

Richardson gave this account of the 4:30 p.m. incident.

McKibben, riding a 2014 Honda motorcycle, was southbound on Highway 99W. Jeannie G. Perez, 30, of McMinnville, was driving a 1991 Chervrolet pickup and was stopped on Highway 99W and preparing to cross to go northbound on Highway 47. She did not see McKibben approaching and collided with the motorcycle.

McKibben, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown into a ditch, according to Yamhill Communications Agency radio traffic.

Perez, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured and was cited for fail to obey a traffic control device.



I get tired of stories like this one.

A motorist "doesn't see" another motorist and wreaks all manner of havoc with the life of the second motorist.

The first motorist is given a traffic citation.

The second motorist is left with lifelong injuries, bills beyond what insurance will pay and a vehicle that, if it isn't totaled, is worth far less than it was before the first motorist "didn't see" it. Legal action infrequently results in fair compensation because the first motorist "didn't see" the second motorist, resulting in an "accident." She "didn't mean" to hit the other motorist so she shouldn't be held fully accountable. Meanwhile, she goes on with her life, paying a fine and slightly elevated insurance premiums while the second motorist, through no fault of his own, is left to suffer his fate.

Recently, a woman "didn't see" a traffic light ("Gosh, I didn't even know that was there!") and struck my car leaving me to battle her tight-fisted insurance company. As a result of her inattention, my car's value was reduced by many thousands of dollars, rendering its worth as a trade-in almost nil.

My point: If you "can't see" other motorists, stay home or take the bus. Don't drive blindly around placing targets on the cars of other motorists.

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