September 25, 2006
On Saturday, August 19th, Michael Simmons was involved in a
head-on collision with a motorcycle on East Rim Drive near Skell
Head overlook. Simmons, 61, of Roseburg, Oregon, struck the
motorcycle immediately after turning onto East Rim Drive at the
beginning of the “Rim to Roseburg Century Ride.”
Responding rangers and firefighters found Simmons unconscious and
suffering from severe head and chest trauma. They were assisted in
treating him by a doctor and a nurse who were also on the ride.
Simmons was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Medford, Oregon,
where he remained unconscious until he died on September 6th.
Investigators determined that Simmons was traveling against
traffic in the southbound lane as he turned onto East Rim Drive. A
front tire blowout may also have contributed to the accident. No
criminal charges will be filed. Simmons was wearing a helmet at the
time of the accident.