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Crash kills Clackamas man on motorcycle

Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into a Friday evening motorcycle crash that killed a Clackamas man on Highway 101 in the Twin Rocks area of northern Tillamook County.

On June 22, at approximately 7:38 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle on Highway 101 at Minnehaha Street in Twin Rocks near milepost 51.

Preliminary investigation indicates a motorcycle operated by James Brent Francis Burnett, 70, from Clackamas, was northbound on Highway 101 going through the intersection with Minnehaha Street when a stopped Datsun pickup lurched forward at slow speed into the side of the motorcycle. Burnett lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. He was wearing a protective helmet.

Burnett, who was seriously injured, was transported by Tillamook Ambulance to Tillamook County General Hospital, where he died.

The pickup's driver, Pamela Jean LaFontaine, from Garibaldi, was not injured. She told investigators her foot slipped off the clutch causing the pickup to jump forward at a slow speed.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are continuing the investigation and no citations have been issued, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, OSP public information officer. The lead investigator in this case is Trooper Aaron Butcher.