Fiery motorcycle crash kills rider and passenger

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This is a press release courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Department

On Thursday, July 23, 2009, at 3:37 pm, Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the North Plains Police Department with the investigation of a fatal crash on NW West Union Road. The crash left the passenger, 17-year-old Jessica Leigh Elder of Warren, and the driver, 28-year-old Leonid "Leo" Brodsky of Hillsboro, dead at the scene.

The crash occurred in front of 29685 NW West Union Road in the City of North Plains. The preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Brodsky was traveling west bound on NW West Union. He was observed by an Oregon State Trooper just moments before the crash. The Trooper was coming out of their office located just east of the crash site on West Union.

The Trooper said the motorcycle was traveling at a very high rate of speed. He got in his car and attempted to catch up to the motorcycle. He came across the crash a short time later.

The motor cycle was on fire and it appeared that it struck a 2003 Ford F250 pickup truck. The 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle impacted the truck on the front passenger side causing extensive damage to the truck and destroying the motorcycle.

The driver of the pickup, 80-year-old Clarence Court Jr. of North Plains, was turning into a farm implement business on the north side of the street when Mr. Brodsky struck his pickup.

Mr. Brodsky and Ms. Elder were both ejected from the motorcycle before it caught fire. Mr. Court was not injured in the crash. At this time there are no charges expected against Mr. Court.

Jessica Elder attended St. Helens High School where she would have been a senior next year. Her parents, Robert and Elizabeth Elder of Warren, were notified of their daughter’s death by the Washington County Rural Fire District Chaplain. Mr. Brodsky’s next of kin were also notified of his death.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team was called to the scene and is continuing to investigate the crash.