Motorcycist dies from Oct. 2 crash injuries
A motorcyclist injured in an Oct. 2 crash on the Interstate Bridge has died from his injuries.
The victim is identified as Michael D. Dallasta, 55, of Vancouver. His death was announced on Oct. 12.
According to police, at 10:46 p.m. on Oct. 2, Washington State Patrol and officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct responded to a crash on southbound Interstate 5 at the bridge. When officers and emergency medical responders arrived, they located an adult male lying on the roadway suffering from serious injuries. He was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of what were believed to be serious life-threatening injuries.
Based on the injured man's condition, the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to lead the traffic crash investigation.
Preliminary information suggested the was operating a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the crash. As he traveled south on I-5, he collided with a Nissan Sentra that had slowed because of construction zone traffic congestion. This area of I-5 was reduced to one lane in the southbound direction because of road construction occurring at the time. The driver of the Nissan remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation.
There have been no citations or arrests at this time in the investigation. Based on information learned at this time intoxication is believed to be factor in this Major Crash Team investigation.
Dallasta's death was the 28th traffic crash fatality investigated by the Major Crash Team in Portland in 2018.