Motorcyclist dead after crashing into semi truck

Update (03/27/19 1:50 p.m.) – JCSO has identified the motorcyclist killed in yesterday’s crash as 58-year-old Gerald Duane Golden, Jr..

Investigators say speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

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Original story: WHITE CITY, Ore. – On Monday at 2:22 P.M, dispatch received a 911 call about a crash int he 2600 block of Avenue G. The motorcycle driving eastbound hit the side of an 18 wheeler that was crossing Avenue G at a driveway access.

The caller told dispatch the motorcycle was traveling at –a high speed.

The driver was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the semi-truck was not hurt and is cooperating with the investigation.

A half-mile stretch of Avenue G was closed for roughly three hours.

The names of both drivers have not been released yet.

This investigation is still ongoing.

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