A pair of individuals injured in separate motorcycle collisions

Portland man critically injured in collision with automobile in Ridgefield

A Portland man was critically injured after the motorcycle he was riding on collided with a vehicle Sunday in Ridgefield.

On Sunday (July 18), Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies and EMS personnel responded to a collision on NE 10th Avenue and NE 189th Street in Ridgefield.  Callers to 9-1-1 reported that a motorcycle and a vehicle had collided at the intersection.  CCSO Traffic Detective Patrick Spak was working and responded to the call with other CCSO deputies. 

Upon arrival, it was determined that the driver of the involved vehicle, a 2003 Subaru Forester, made a left turn onto NE 189th Street directly into the path of a southbound motorcycle, causing the motorcycle to collide with the vehicle.  The motorcyclist suffered significant injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

Scene evidence and helpful video footage from a witness assisted in determining that the driver of the Subaru Forester failed to yield to the motorcyclist when turning left. 

The driver of the Subaru was identified as Jeremiah Cunningham, age 35, of Woodland.  The driver of the motorcycle, a 1996 Suzuki D6E, was identified as Michael Schefter, age 67 of Portland. 

Cunningham was cooperative with the law enforcement investigation and did not exhibit signs of impairment.  No arrests have been made at this point; however, the investigation is continuing.

Also on Sunday (July 18), at 10 p.m., CCSO deputies and EMS personnel responded to Hockinson Meadows County Park, 10905 NE 172nd Avenue in Hockinson.  The 9-1-1 caller reported a collision in a parking lot of the park involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. 

Upon arrival, deputies learned that a group of young adults had been congregating in the park, and one of the females in the group had asked to drive a male friend’s motorcycle. The female reportedly got onto the motorcycle and accelerated rapidly through the parking lot, striking a parked car.  

The female, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered multiple significant injuries.  Yekaterina Andriuschenko, age 20, of Vancouver was transported to an area hospital.  

The CCSO Traffic Unit responded to the collision and is continuing to investigate this incident.

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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