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Bend motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 20W crash near Suttle Lake, OSP says

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SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 65-year-old Bend man was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle crashed on Highway 20W near Suttle Lake in Jefferson County, Oregon State Police reported.

Troopers and medics responded shortly after 9 a.m. to the crash near milepost 88 west of Sisters, Captain Tim Fox said.

A preliminary investigation found that Richard Cissna was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle heading west when he tried to avoid traffic that had slowed, lost control and crashed, Fox said.

Cissna sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene, the captain said.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Black Butte Ranch police and fire departments and ODOT. The crash and investigation closed the highway for some time.

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  1. So, from the looks of the skid mark on 22, he locked up his rear tire and went off the road due to loss of control. My fellow riders, let us learn from our fallen brethren. Please leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you for evasive action if needed. Also, if you don’t have ABS, practice emergency braking to find your bikes limit before its actually needed.

    Rest easy fellow rider.

    1. In accidents, motorcyclists are inclined to overbrake the rear and underbrake the front. I’ve done it myself in near misses. It’s worth practicing emergency braking once a month.

    2. Good advice to practice emergency braking, especially if you don’t have ABS or linked brakes. Wonder what gear he was wearing?

      And before the mods go bonkers, mc riders are like pilots. It’s wired into us to mourn the loss, but analyze the cause, circumstances, gear, etc., to see what we can learn so others won’t suffer the same fate.

      1. Well said. I’m a pilot as well I fully agree. I actually went to cycle gear in Salem yesterday and bought a pair of more protective gloves than the mechanics gloves I have been using. Though I might not look like a badass while riding my motorcycle, I feel a bit safer that I’m now fully covered with gear that would increase my chances of survival should I need to put my bike down and take a slide. But first and foremost, skill in operation of your machine is key. Giving that space to react is the first line of defense. My wife and I were riding our motorcycles into Prineville one day and an old man in a Chevy pickup in front of us decided to make up his own rules of he road and came to a complete stop to let someone waiting to cross our lane go. We had enough time to go around him at the last minute and avoided a rear end collision. His choice t come to a complete stop where no stop existed could have costed us our lives. Afterward, he had the nerve to go around my wife over the quadruple yellow line and cut her off to “regain his spot” or something. Well, I came up to his window to have a chat and surprisingly he had nothing to say. Who knows if this was the same situation for the gentleman wholost his life Saturday or not, but what my wife and I had that he probably didn’t have is reaction time. Us riders have to avoid bad drivers, road debris, animals, weather, and a whole bunch of other things. Its best to train for them all so whenthe time comes, your reaction is natural and life saving.

  2. I just want to say thank you to all of you for your condolences. My brother Rick rode for over 30 years and he took me for my first ride. We are saddened and grieving his sudden loss.

    As for me, I’m a survivor of a bike accident that took my partner’s life. We were behind his friend who crashed with another bike. Though we were several feet behind, we still could not get out of the way of the bike that came sliding toward us.

    I am comforted in the thought that if both my brother and my partner had to leave this earth so soon, they went out doing what they loved. I’m sure in my heart that they are now with their fellow brother and sister riders riding in HOG heaven.

    God bless you all and thanks again for your condolences! Ride on and stay safe out there! We know how crazy it can be out there.

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