Police: Motorcyclist crashes at 131 mph

Portland police shut down Interstate-205 at Southeast Stark Street Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, following an early morning motorcycle crash. (ODOT)
Portland police shut down Interstate-205 at Southeast Stark Street Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, following an early morning motorcycle crash. (ODOT)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 52-year-old motorcyclist remains in critical condition after he crashed while going more than 130 miles per hour on Interstate 205 in Southeast Portland early Thursday morning.

Portland police identified the victim as Toby Olsen. He was taken to a Portland hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred at about 1:45 a.m. on I-205 northbound under the Southeast Stark Street overpass. Police said Olsen’s blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit.

Shortly before the crash, according to police, Olsen passed an Oregon State Police trooper at I-205 and Powell Boulevard. Officials believe he realized he had passed a trooper and decided to accelerate. The trooper clocked the 2004 Honda motorcycle at 131 mph. The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle as it continued northbound. There was no pursuit.

The motorcycle rear-ended a Lexus SUV driven by 78-year-old Amelia Alvarez who was on her way to work at Portland International Airport. Alvarez was checked out by paramedics but was not injured. Her SUV sustained significant damage, however.

Northbound I-205 was closed for two hours. It was re-opened at about 4 a.m. The crash is being investigated by the Portland police Traffic Division. The Major Crash Team was also called out to diagram the site.

Brent Weisberg

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