Highway 20 fatality

Investigators look over the scene of a fatal crash July 31 between a pickup and a motorcycle at the intersection of Highway 20 at Northeast Conifer Boulevard. The motorcyclist, Douglas Alan Penix, of Philomath, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Philomath man was killed Monday afternoon on Highway 20 near Corvallis when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle in an intersection.

Douglas Alan Penix, 44, was driving west on Highway 20 at about 2:44 p.m. Monday when the Harley-Davidson he was driving struck a Chevrolet C15 pickup driven by Elizabeth May Watson of Lebanon that had been traveling east. Watson had been stopped at a red light and then attempted to turn left onto Conifer Boulevard, crossing the path of the motorcycle, the Benton County Sheriff's Office reported. The Harley struck near the right front of the pickup.

Penix, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene, and Watson was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center for evaluation and later reported by BCSO to be uninjured.

Benton County Undersheriff Greg Ridler said Monday that no citations had been issued, and investigators were still working to determine exactly what caused the crash and who may have been at fault.

"It will probably be a day or two before we decide that," Ridler said. "We've got to take a look at speed and other factors."

The northbound lane of Highway 20 remained open after the crash, but southbound traffic was diverted onto Conifer Boulevard for more than three hours while investigators examined the scene. The detour was lifted shortly after 6 p.m.

The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team, with members from the Benton County Sheriff's Office and the Albany, Corvallis, and Philomath police departments, processed the scene.

BCSO deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sgt. David Peterson at 541-766-6820 to report any information.

Bennett Hall of the Corvallis Gazette-Times contributed to this story.



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