A 16-year-old boy died Monday night in Damascus when a motorcycle he was riding crashed into a fence.

Ilya Aleks Porotikov had attended a prayer session with his family and friends earlier in the evening at a local home, after which he and a friend tried out a motorcycle his friend had just bought, said Detective Jim Strovink, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

A witness reported seeing the boy riding up Southeast Tillstrom Road and returning the same way.

'He was going so fast, he appeared as merely a blur to the witness,' Strovink said.

The motorcycle crashed on Tillstrom at Southeast 190th Avenue at about 9:15 p.m. The bike skidded more than 100 feet on the road, ran through a ditch, continued through a field and came to rest after hitting a wire fence post.

Porotikov died at the scene. The impact of the crash tore off the boy's helmet and shoes, Strovink said.

'Speed was absolutely a factor,' he said. 'He does not have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver's license, and there were no obvious indications that drugs or alcohol were involved.'

It isn't clear what city the boy lived in, Strovink said, but his last known address was on Southeast 128th Avenue in Portland.

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