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Sandy man killed in motorcycle collision on Jan. 30

Thomas Fischer was thrown from motorcycle on Highway 212 overpass


A Sandy man was killed as the result of a two-vehicle traffic crash on the overpass of Highway 212 and Highway 26 on Friday, Jan. 30.

Thomas Fischer, 26, of Sandy, was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a van. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Sandy Police Department officer observed a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle traveling at a fast speed and in a reckless manner, said Sandy police Chief Kim Yamashita. However, the motorcycle eluded the officer, who was unable to initiate a traffic stop.

At around 9:29 p.m., the officer again encountered the vehicle and attempted to stop it at the intersection of Orient Drive and Compton Road.

As soon as the police car’s emergency lights were activated, the motorcycle accelerated into opposing traffic, passing another vehicle.

Yamashita said the officer was unable to follow because of surrounding traffic.

The officer lost sight of the vehicle as it disappeared over the rise in the highway, eventually seeing the aftermath of a traffic crash as he drove over the Highway 26 overpass toward Highway 212.

As it came over the overpass, the motorcycle collided with the driver’s side rear door of a 2001 Toyota Van, which was attempting to make a left turn to go northbound on Highway 212, Oregon State Police officials said.

After the motorcycle collided with the van, its driver was thrown from the vehicle and crashed through the rear driver’s side window of the van.

While the second driver sustained only minor injuries, the motorcycle driver, later identified as Fischer, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Boring Fire, American Medical Response, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation and additional Sandy Police personnel also responded to the scene.

Oregon State Police investigators discovered the female driver of the van had taken the Highway 26 off ramp to Highway 212 and attempted to turn left after stopping at the sign.

The Highway 212 overpass was closed for approximately four hours following the incident.

Oregon State Police reported that the driver of the Toyota cooperated with the investigation and no criminal charges are expected.

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