On April 19, 2016, at about 3:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcycle into a guardrail on Interstate 84 near milepost 219 (east of Pendleton).
Preliminary investigation indicates the adult male rider was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 when for unknown reasons, drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail.
The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Saint Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla, WA by air ambulance. Medical staff at the hospital later pronounced him deceased as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.
The Oregon State Police are working with the Walla Walla County Coroner in an effort to positively identify the driver. OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Fire and Ambulance and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The deceased operator of the motorcycle was identified as Richard R HUTCHINS, age 80, of Chicago, Illinois. More information will be released as it becomes available.