Van vs. Motorcycle: Police say cell phone to blame

REDMOND, Ore. -- Police said a cell phone call is to blame for a van sideswiping a motorcycle north of Redmond Friday evening, sending the motorcyclist to the hospital with serious injuries.

The incident happened on Highway 97 at around 8 p.m., just north of the Crooked River High Bridge.

According to Oregon State Police Officials, 36-year-old David Danner was driving his 2011 Ford Flex van northbound on Highway 97 with his two daughters. The van drifted across the center lane when Danner said he was distracted by the ringing of his cell phone.

Steven E. Horton, a 41-year-old Klamath Falls man, was driving his motorcycle in the southbound lane when he veered right to avoid the drifting van.

The van sideswiped Horton, but he managed to make a controlled stop on the shoulder of the road. Horton laid the Honda motorcycle on its side while waiting for emergency responders.

Horton was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond to receive treatment for a serious leg injury. Neither Danner or his daughters were injured by the incident, however the Portland-resident was cited for careless driving.