Vancouver motorcyclist injured in Dallas, Ore., crash

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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A Vancouver motorcyclist was seriously injured Wednesday night in a crash north of Dallas, Ore.

Richard D. Christopher, 58, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. He was in critical condition Thursday night.

The crash occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Highway 223 near Fir Villa Road, north of Dallas, Ore. Christopher was traveling west and crashed trying to avoid an unidentified sports utility vehicle that made a sudden turn in front of the motorcyclist, according to a news bulletin from the Oregon State Police. The SUV then sped away.

State police are seeking the public's help in identifying driver of the SUV. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888.