Medford motorcycle rider dies from accident injuries

A Medford man seriously injured Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 5 just south of Eugene died early Tuesday at a hospital, state police reported.

Richard A. Graybeal, 76, was riding a 1996 Honda Goldwing motorcycle south on Interstate 5 near the Brownsville interchange when he struck a passing 1987 Jeep Cherokee driven by Thomas C. Olson, 52, of Redding, Calif. The crash, which happened at about 12:35 p.m. Sunday, sent Graybeal and his bike tumbling and skidding nearly 300 feet on the pavement before coming to rest on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes.

The OSP investigation indicated the Jeep was in the right-hand lane following the motorcycle. The Jeep moved into the left lane to begin passing the motorcycle when the motorcycle also began to change lanes and collided with the right rear quarter panel of the Jeep.

Olson was able to pull over safely after the crash, and he and his two teenage passengers were uninjured.

Graybeal was wearing a helmet but was seriously injured. He was airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, where he reportedly died about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday from his injuries, OSP said.

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