Sheriff's Office deputy injured in motorcycle crash, airlifted to OHSU in critical condition; tips sought

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 4:58 p.m.

 


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UPDATE (THURS 5/7, 2:55 p.m.): UPDGRADE IN STATUS; HD VIDEO SOUND BITES FOR NEWS MEDIA

  • Deputy Robert Nashif's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.
  • Here is a Dropbox download link to HD video sound-bites (.mov format) with Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Deputies Jodi Westerman and Bryan Morris -- in which they discuss being among the first responders to the crash scene, as well as the outpouring of support for Deputy Nashif. This video is also on YouTube here:

  • In an internal email to staff sent yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Craig Roberts was upbeat: "Last night and today I visited Robby at OHSU, where surgeons in the intensive-care unit are working tirelessly to repair his leg after yesterday's traffic crash. The outpouring of support has been incredible. Robby is surrounded by family, friends, our chaplain, and representatives from other law enforcement agencies throughout the area. Motor officers from all over -- current and retired -- are reaching out to offer their encouragement. The governor's office also called asking after him. I want to thank you all -- inside and outside the Sheriff's Office -- for your concern and assistance. I also want to extend a special thanks to OSP for handling the investigation for us.... At the time of the accident, Robby was in the area enforcing traffic due to reports of excessive speeding. This same area was the site of a fatal motorcycle crash in March 2014. It's a sharp reminder that the work we do is inherently dangerous, and I want to tell you all once again how much I appreciate the work you all do. Take care of each other and be safe."


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EARLIER (MAY 5, 2015):

 

Please reference CCSO Case #15-12540

Crash-scene photoAt approximately 2:34 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit Deputy Robert Nashif's motorcycle reportedly collided with a Hyundai Santa Fe in the 18000 block of S. Holly Lane in Oregon City.

Deputy Nashif sustained a severe leg injury in the crash, but was reportedly conscious and alert at the scene. Life Flight deployed to the scene and transported him to OHSU's trauma center. At this writing, Deputy Nashif is in surgery and is listed in critical condition.

No one else was injured in the crash. Preliminary findings suggest the Hyundai crossed the center lane on the sharp curve on Holly Lane, colliding with the deputy's motorcycle. The Hyundai's driver, an 18-year-old male from Oregon City, is on-scene cooperating with crash investigators. Three teenage passengers were also in the Hyundai.

First responders at the scene include the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District #1, American Medical Reponse, Oregon State Police and the Clackamas County Roads Department. Oregon State Police will be taking the lead on investigating the crash. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Deputy Nashif joined the Sheriff's Office in October 1998 after serving at the Keizer Police Department from 1995-98. He joined our Motor Unit in autumn 2004.

TIPS SOUGHT

Witnesses or anyone with additional information on the crash is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office using our Tip Line -- by phone at (503) 723-4949 using our online email form. Please reference CCSO Case #15-12540.

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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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