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Car injures two on motorcycle.

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Two people were seriously injured Saturday when a car crossed the center line and struck a motorcycle on West 11th Avenue in Eugene, police said.

Michael Rhodes, 51, and Kimberly Edman, whose age was not available Saturday, were on the motorcycle headed west toward the coast, Eugene police said. As they approached the intersection with Green Hill Road about 10 a.m., a dark green Dodge Neon heading east crossed the center line and struck the motorcycle, police said.

Rhodes was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. He was later transported to Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland, where he remained in critical condition Saturday night.

Edman remained at Sacred Heart in serious condition. They were both wearing helmets, police said. The driver of the Neon, Joseph Church-Fletchall, 22, of Florence, was not injured, police said.

Investigators believe Church-Fletchall fell asleep at the wheel after working a graveyard shift in Florence. He was driving to an appointment in Eugene at the time of the crash, police said.

Traffic was diverted from West 11th Avenue while the crash was investigated. The roadway was reopened about 4 p.m., police said.

Anyone who saw the Neon, Oregon license plate VRB410, traveling from Florence to Eugene on Highway 126 is asked to call officer Jeff Glemser at 562-5154, ext. 1167.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 19, 2002
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