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  • Motorcycle wreck kills rider on 234

  • A 31-year-old Lakeview man died Sunday morning when his motorcycle crashed while veering off the westbound lane of Highway 234 near Gold Hill, according to the Oregon State Police.
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  • A 31-year-old Lakeview man died Sunday morning when his motorcycle crashed while veering off the westbound lane of Highway 234 near Gold Hill, according to the Oregon State Police.
    Nolan Rayce Ringulet was traveling near milepost 9 when he overtook a pickup truck at a high rate of speed, the OSP said.
    The motorcycle reportedly veered off the road in a stretch of highway with a gravel shoulder.
    The crash occurred around 10:45 a.m near the Table Rocks.
    According to OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings, Ringulet was traveling alongside two other people who were driving separate vehicles.
    One of the other riders was on a motorcycle, and the other driver was in a pickup.
    When Ringulet passed the pickup at high speeds and moved back into the westbound lane, he lost control, Hastings said.
    The motorcycle veered into the gravel shoulder and left the highway into a field, where Ringulet was ejected, Hastings said.
    The motorcycle was found several hundred feet from the rider, he said.
    Ringulet was pronounced dead at the scene, and next of kin were notified, Hastings said. The rider was wearing a helmet, he said. Corrected: 3:03 p.m.
    OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office will continue to investigate. Senior Trooper Jeff Walker is the lead investigator.
    OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District 3 and ODOT.
    So far this year, OSP has responded to 19 motorcycle fatalities, compared with nine last year, an almost 100 percent increase. The first six months of this year have seen the most fatalities since 2009.
    According to an OSP report, speeding, following too closely and abrupt lane changes were factors in the majority of fatal crashes this year. In 2013, about 73 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in Oregon were attributed mainly to rider error.
    Helmets are required under Oregon law.
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at@reporterdm.
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