Motorcyclist, 25, who was thrown off I-5 overpass after crash is healing

He plans to get driver's licence, motorcycle endorsement

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A Woodland motorcyclist who was thrown off his bike and over the Interstate 5 overpass to a shoulder on state Highway 14, some 30 feet below, said he's sore but should be out of the hospital next week.

Jarrid B. Moore, 25, was riding his 2000 Yamaha YZ600 south on I-5 with his father and took the exit ramp to eastbound Highway 14. When his bike hit a patch of gravel, just as the ramp curves to the left, the tire spun out and hit the concrete barrier, Moore said. He flew over the edge, landed on a grassy embankment below and rolled down to the shoulder of the freeway.

Moore is dealing with a punctured lung, a few broken ribs and a laceration to his liver at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

Washington State Patrol troopers cited Moore for having no driver's license or motorcycle endorsement. Moore said he's been riding motorcycles since he was 7 and driving cars since he was 9, and had never gotten in an accident before. After he heals, he plans to get his license and motorcycle endorsement -- if he can.

Moore expects to be released from the hospital by Wednesday at the latest. The doctors and nurses have been very nice and helpful, Moore said.