A ringing cellphone is believed to have created a distraction that was a factor in a serious injury car-motorcycle crash on Highway 97 north of Redmond Friday evening, according to Oregon State Police troopers who cited the vehicle's driver.
According to Sgt. Keith Taylor, shortly before 8 p.m., a 2011 Ford Flex driven by David Danner, 36, of Portland, was northbound on Highway 97 north of the Crooked River Bridge when he reportedly was distracted by a ringing cellphone.
The Ford drifted across the center line into a southbound lane, where an oncoming 2003 Honda motorcycle operated by Steven HORTON, 41, of Klamath Falls, veered right to avoid the Ford, Taylor said.
Despite being sideswiped by the Ford, 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 taken by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center-Redmond for treatment of a serious leg injury, troopers said, adding that he was wearing a helmet.
Danner and his two daughters, ages 7 and 5, were not injured. Danner was cited by OSP for careless driving.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Redmond Fire & Rescue, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and ODOT.