POLK COUNTY, OR (August 1, 2022 - The Oregon State Police is reporting that on Sunday July 31, 2022, at about 12:00 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to motorcycle crash on Highway 223 near Pedee.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Goldwing motorcycle operated by, Benjamin Gifford, age 72, from Stayton, was northbound near milepost 17 negotiating a curve and left the roadway for unknown reasons.
Gifford was ejected from the motorcycle.
Gifford was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.
Highway 223 was closed for 3 ½ hours.
OSP was assisted by ODOT, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County Fire.