Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 – Curry County

On Thursday, June 24, 2021 at approximately 11:30 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 339.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, operated by James Rice (29) of Brookings, was northbound when it struck a, also northbound, Infiniti QX60, operated by Brecken Watterson (43) of Cedar Park, TX. The Infiniti was turning left into a viewpoint.

Rice sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Watterson and 4 juvenile passengers were not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Beach Police Department, Gold Beach Fire Department, Pistol River Fire Department, and ODOT