Sunday, September 20, 2009

Motorcycle Operator Dies from Injuries Sustained

Update: Motorcycle Operator Dies from Injuries Sustained in Monday Crash - Belt Line Road north of Eugene (Photos) - 09/16/09



A Springfield-area motorcyclist seriously injured Monday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Belt Line Road north of Eugene died early Wednesday morning at an area hospital.

TIMOTHY RUSSELL TULL, age 21, from Springfield was operating a 1997 Yamaha motorcycle September 14, 2009 at approximately 4:10 p.m. eastbound on Belt Line Road near milepost 6. As TULL approached a disabled car on the inside shoulder partially blocking the left lane, he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and laid it down on the pavement.

During the crash, TULL's protective helmet came off his head and he suffered serious head injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend where he died September 16th about 2:30 a.m.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Speed may have been a contributing factor in this crash. Eugene Fire Department and ODOT assisted at the scene.

Photograph Source: Oregon State Police
http://www.flashalert.net/news.html?id=1002#news29443

Lesson Learned


Target Fixation: keep eyes on the road ahead...you go where your eyes are looking.

Protective Gear: Unsecured helmet? Several times I've traveled more than a block down the road and suddenly realized I'd forgotten to connect my chin straps. Perhaps the rider was wearing an old, or borrowed helmet, or one of the wrong size.

Speed: may have been a factor. Speeding reduces the time you have to make corrections or identify hazards.