FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON HIGHWAY 223 IN POLK COUNTY, OREGON

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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.  

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