REDMOND, Ore. — A ringing cellphone is believed to have created a distraction that was a factor in a serious injury traffic crash north of Redmond Friday evening involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle. Oregon State Police investigated the crash and cited the vehicle’s driver.
According to Sergeant Keith Taylor at approximately 7:55 p.m. a sport utility vehicle driven by David M. Danner of Portland was northbound on Highway 97 when he reportedly was distracted by a ringing cellphone. His vehicle drifted across the center line into a southbound lane where an oncoming motorcycle operated by Steven E. Horton of Klamath Falls veered right to avoid the SUV. Despited being sideswiped, Horton kept control of his motorcycle and came to a controlled stop on the gravel shoulder where he laid it down on its side and awaited emergency responders.
Horton was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond for treatment of a serious leg injury. He was wearing a helmet.
Danner and his two daughters, ages 7 and 5, were not injured. He was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.