Fatal Motorcycle Accident on Highway 138E Near Glide – Douglas County
March 23, 2020

Douglas County, Oregon (Glide, OR) -A motorcyclist is dead and two injured following a fatal motorcycle versus car accident on March 21, 2020.

Joseph Gazarek (28), from Roseburg, was westbound on Highway 138E riding his Honda motorcycle at a high rate of speed. A Toyota Corolla, operated by Schyler Hamilton (21), from Roseburg, was eastbound and was in the process of turning into the Susan Creek Falls parking area. The motorcycle impacted the right front of the Toyota Corolla and Gazarek was ejected from the motorcycle into the roadway.

Gazarek was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. Hamilton and her passengers Enrique Gonzales (19), from Myrtle Creek, and a juvenile male, from Roseburg, were transported to Mercy Medical Center with possible injuries.

The westbound lanes of the highway were closed for over three hours.

Investigators are looking at speed of the motorcycle as a contributing factor in the crash. Gazarek was wearing a protective helmet at the time of the crash. 


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