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Pedestrian loses part of leg in collision with motorcycle

Officials search for witnesses to the July 23 crash
by: Contributed photo Officials would like anyone who witnessed this motorcycle heading northbound on Southeast 182nd Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.

A Gresham man lost the lower part of his left leg when he was hit by a speeding motorcycle while trying to walk across a street.

Gresham police responding to the crash at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, found the victim - John Brown, 30, of Gresham - as well as the driver of the motorcycle - identified as Alex Len Nash, 20, of Gresham - about 200 feet from each other in the area of Southwest Fifth Drive and 182nd Avenue, said Officer John Rasmussen, Gresham police spokesman.

The Gresham Police Department's Vehicular Crimes Team determined that Nash was driving his 2003 Honda motorcycle northbound on Southeast 182nd Avenue at a high rate of speed when he collided with Brown, who was trying to walk across the street.

'The violent collision severed the lower portion of Brown's left leg and caused the two parties to land approximately 200 feet from each other,' Rasmussen said.

Both men were transported via ambulance to Oregon Health and Science University. The motorcycle driver had broken bones and injuries to his head and neck. He is in fair condition. The pedestrian is in serious condition.

Police are investigating whether any vehicles other than the motorcycle were involved. Anyone who saw a red and green motorcycle speeding in the area around the time of the crash, or noticed a red sports car in the area, is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.