Injured motorcyclist is still on life support

By Bob Albrecht, Columbian Staff Reporter

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A Wilsonville, Ore., man injured in a motorcycle crash near North Bonneville on June 4 is on life support at Southwest Washington Medical Center, his wife said.

Michael Walker, 53, was driving a 2005 Heritage Softail motorcycle when it crashed. Walker and his passenger, 52-year-old Victoria Walker, also of Wilsonville, were both transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center.

Victoria Walker was released Sunday. She suffered a fractured vertebra in her neck.

Her husband, Michael Walker, meanwhile, sustained several fractures in his back, a ruptured diaphragm and a broken rib.

“He’s still on a ventilator,” she said. “We do expect him to come home.”

The motorcycle the Walkers were riding had been heading eastbound on state Highway 14 at 10:35 a.m. when it approached a stopped eastbound vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn.

The motorcycle swerved and struck the right side of the stopped vehicle, and traveled off the north side of the road and into the ditch. The Walkers were thrown about 10 feet, witnesses said.

The Washington State Patrol said the cause of the crash was inattention. Charges are pending.