Police: Klamath Falls man dead after Jeep and motorcycle collide on Coos County beach
NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Police say man is dead following an investigation of a collision between a Jeep and a motorcycle on the southwest Oreegon coast.
Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Horsfall Beach near the Saunders Beach Road in response to a two vehicle crash.
Sheriff's deputies and an Oregon State Police trooper responded to find a Jeep and a motorcycle were involved in the crash, and the operator’s of both were injured.
First responders performed CPR on the Jeep'a driver, later identified as Michael “Dane” Shackleford of Klamath Falls. Police said he was declared dead at the scene.
Due to the circumstances surrounding the crash, the Coos County Crash Team was activated. The team consists of members from the surrounding police agencies, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney. The team is activated if a crash is complex, or if criminal charges may be charged.
Police say the investigation revealed the two vehicles were traveling at a "very high rate of speed" northbound on the beach when they crashed.
The investigation of witnesses showed "the Jeep suffered some sort of mechanical failure prior to the crash," police said in the report, adding the Jeep was seen swerving left towards the motorcycle before colliding with the motorcycle and crashing.
"Alcohol is suspected to also have been a factor in the crash," the report said.
The investigation is continuing.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hauser Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance and members from the Coos County Crash Team.
"The Coos County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind the recreating public at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area that the speed limit upon the beach is twenty-five miles per hour. Please follow all equipment and safety laws as they are there to provide for safe operation and recreation in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area," the sheriff's office said.