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Aloha man dies in motorcycle wreck

An Aloha man died in a motorcycle crash Tuesday evening, Feb. 24, after losing control while driving on Southwest River Road.

The driver, identified by Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) officials as Steven D. Willford, 67, was found unresponsive and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to the report from the WCSO, at 7:12 p.m., deputies were called to Southwest River Road, about 200 yards north of Southwest Farmington Road, in the community of Farmington.

When deputies responded they found a 2008 Triumph motorcycle off the left side of Southwest River Road, with the driver underneath. Deputies determined that the Triumph had been northbound on River Road from a four-way stop prior to a right-hand curve. Witnesses and evidence gathered by deputies indicated that the Triumph accelerated rapidly to a high speed, which made it difficult for the motorcycle driver to maintain its lane at the curve.

The Triumph went out of control and slid sideways, causing it to tip over and slide down the roadway, eventually coming to rest on the shoulder.

WCSO Sgt. Bob Ray said the pavement was clear and dry at the time of the accident.

“Operator error was a factor in this crash,” Ray said.

River Road was closed until 9:30 p.m. while evidence was gathered. The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team also responded to assist in the investigation.

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