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Portland man dies after motorcycle crash in Battle Ground

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: February 15, 2023, 11:18am

A Portland man died at a hospital Friday after Battle Ground police say he crashed his motorcycle down a ravine while speeding away from a traffic stop.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded at 11:41 p.m. Feb. 7 to the crash near the 22600 block of Northeast 167th Avenue.

Investigators learned a Battle Ground police officer attempted a traffic stop on a Honda CBR600 motorcycle near the intersection of Northeast 167th Avenue and 219th Street, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The motorcycle sped away north onto 167th Avenue, and the Battle Ground police officer stopped pursuing, the news release states.

The motorcycle then drove off the road and crashed into several trees. The Battle Ground police officer found the motorcyclist down a ravine and called for an ambulance, the sheriff’s office said.

AMR and Clark County Fire District 3 responded and provided medical aid. The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital via ambulance with critical injuries, the news release states.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s Traffic Unit took over the crash investigation.

On Friday, detectives learned the motorcyclist, identified as William D. Linson, 21, of Portland, died at the hospital.

The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate the crash. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Traffic Detective Patrick Spak at 564-397-4597.