A motorcycle rider was injured Friday night in downtown McMinnville during a collision with a white pickup that fled the scene.
McMinnville resident Mark B. Powers, 45, was airlifted following the crash, which occurred around 9:15 p.m. Friday night at the intersection of Morford Street and North Spring.
According to an eyewitness account, the pickup driver continued travelling on Morford Street and was last seen passing High Funeral Home.
“This is a very serious crash involving a hit-and-run driver,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara. “We are currently investigating leads that can identify the vehicle and the driver. Fortunately, we have some eyewitness accounts that are very good. We’re also looking at video footage from nearby stores and residences.”
The white pickup had been travelling on Sparta Street with one eyewitness saying he had been behind the truck since it passed the Dollar General next to Tree City Wine & Spirits. The pickup made the turn as Sparta Street becomes Morford Street and began travelling west.
At the Morford Street intersection with Spring Street in front of the law office of Ryan J. Moore, the pickup collided with a Honda motorcycle being driven by Powers. He was travelling south on Spring Street toward First National Bank.
Powers was not wearing a helmet and was thrown about 10 feet from his motorcycle. In an update on his condition provided by McMinnville Police on Saturday, Powers was described as being in stable condition.
Lt. Mara said it’s too soon to know what caused the wreck, but he said it’s common in these types of crashes for one of the parties to run a red light.
“Officer Chris McCormick was the first officer on the scene,” said Mara. “Officer Fred Lee with our crash team is heading the investigation with help from the District Attorney’s Office and McMinnville Police Department investigators.”
An arrest had not been made at press time. Anyone with information can call the 911 Dispatch non-emergency number at 668-7000.