52 year old motorcycle driver killed in collision on Congress Street in Portland

Reported in the Portland Press Herald, November 16, 2010

PORTLAND — The man killed in a motorcycle crash this morning has been identified as Douglas Starbird, 52, of Oxford.

Starbird was driving on Skyway Drive toward Outer Congress Street, headed in the same direction as an Atlas Van Lines moving truck, when he collided with the side of the truck, then hit the pavement.

He was not wearing a helmet, though one would not necessarily have saved him, Portland police said.

Members of the Portland police traffic unit are still trying to determine what contributed to the collision though they say excessive speed does not appear to be a contributing factor.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the crash call them at 874-8532.

The State Police commercial vehicle enforcement unit responded to check out the moving van.

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