Driver of pickup dies in crash with motorcycle

Driver of pickup dies in crash with motorcycle

INDEPENDENCE, Ore. -- A man died Sunday morning after a motorcyclist crashed into his pickup and flew through the truck's windshield on Highway 51, state troopers said.

Officials say that the motorcyclist, 22-year-old Bradley Mosey of Independence, received non-life threatening injuries and is being treated in the hospital.

According to the police report, Billy Austin, 77 of Monmouth, was driving his Chevy pickup north on Highway 51 when at around 11:30 a.m. he made a left turn into a driveway.

Austin was about a quarter of the way into his turn when officials say Mosey hit the right-front corner of the truck, flew off his motorcycle and through the pickup's windshield.

Police said that Mosey came to a rest near the rear seats of the pickup.

Both men were flown to Salem Memorial Hospital; Austin was pronounced dead at the hospital from crash-related injuries.

Troopers credit Mosey's survival to his protective helmet and safety gear.

Witnesses told troopers that neither the motorcycle nor pickup was speeding at the time of the crash.