Brother Speed Pack Crash

September 19, 2009

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Twenty-six members and associates of the Brother Speed Motorcycle Club were involved in a chain-collision motorcycle accident on Interstate 5 north of Portland, Oregon about 2 pm Friday afternoon. The crash happened at milepost 282 south of Wilsonville, Oregon.

A tight pack of 28 bikes was riding in the middle of three north bound lanes at about 70 miles an hour when two sport utility vehicles driving side by side panic braked in front of the pack for an unknown reason. Traffic was light, the road was dry, the sky was blue and visibility was good. The road captain and the leader of the pack, the lead two bikes, counter-steered around the SUVs.

The other 26 motorcycles did not stand a chance. An eyewitness described what happened next as “a pile of motorcycles.”


Brother Speed is a three piece patch club with ten chapters in Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana. Everyone in the pack was from Idaho. They had come to Oregon to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the club.

Ten bikers were injured seriously enough to require medical treatment.

Herbert Sinclair, 48, of Heyburn, Idaho, and David Bowyer, 44, of Coeur d’Alene were helicoptered to separate Portland area hospitals. Sinclair is in Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital and Bowyer is in Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Both men are listed in critical condition.

Juan Ramon Mata, 60, Christian J. Gankema, 40, and Gary Pawson, 38 were also hurt in the crash. They were transported from the scene by ambulance.


Police have not yet named the other injured motorcyclists or identified the drivers of the sport utility vehicles.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy John Naccarato described the scene as “a melee.” Five ambulances, ten fire engines and five police cruisers responded. The northbound lanes of the freeway were closed for four hours.

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34 Responses to “Brother Speed Pack Crash”

  1. troyez Says:

    Those yuppies in the suvs should be strung up. No doubt they were on cell phones or texting while driving; they should at least have to pay the hospital bills for those riders injured.

  2. Not Surprised Says:

    “Panic braking” usually involves a hard pull either left or right. Unless they saw the same mirage at the same time, I smell horse shit.

  3. JAMES Says:


  4. Rebel Says:

    Dear Not Surprised,

    I know you are very bright so let me ask you a question that HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS STORY. What kind of vehicles do ATF agents usually drive? What color are they, usually? Just an idle question.

    your pal,

  5. Rebel Says:

    Dear Troyez,

    Or maybe they were taking pictures of the pretty scenery. Seems funny, nobody has released the names of those drivers yet.

    your pal,

  6. DirtyBruin Says:

    What awful news.

    It does remind me of one of my favorite biker jokes, which is presented here:

    It’s fun to tell that in mixed company – the bikers start roaring and the citizens all look confused.

    Best wishes for all the bikers involved, especially Mr. Sinclair and Mr. Bowyer – and here’s hoping for an appropriate pound of flesh being extracted from those stupid damn SUV drivers.

  7. Bear Says:

    My guess is that those fellow bikers will get the same justice all other bikers get; they’ll all be charged with following to close and failure to yeild. Then the “SUV drivers” will claim that they were being harassed by they evil bikers and the 26 will be slapped with some sort of menacing charge. Since they were obviously acting as a violent GANG, that’ll probably set up some sort of case for the government to seize their motorcycles. The insurance companies will deny claims since the injuries and damage to property were caused in the commision of a crime. Etc, etc, etc. Here’s my sincerist hope that all concerned recover quickly and fully and that true, honest justice is served.

  8. Rebel Says:

    Dear Bear,

    Weirder than that, I fear. I did not feel like saying it out loud yesterday. I will now.

    A friend of this page has suggested to me that the two SUVs were ATF. Dark SUVs of a make and model the government is known to favor. SUV at the front of the pack. SUV at the back. Back SUV pulls over to the left to videotape the pack as it passes. The two SUVs get side by side and brake. Can’t prove it. The names of the SUV drivers have still not been released.

    I know a couple of names of ATF Agents up there. One of those agents has a little history of being a lousy driver.

    I will keep watching this. I may be totally off the wall. I would be interested to know what any guys in Brother Speed think if any of them come across this. Anybody in the pack? On the scene? My condolences. Much respect to the BSMC.

    Always good to hear from you Bear.

    your pal,

  9. cdgridr Says:

    i found it interesting that another news site has an article saying brothers speed causes major traffic accident….

  10. FTF Says:

    Maybe it was Ciccione and Kazlownski in the SUV’s and they thought they had seen a Mongol and had to brake real quick in order to “investigate”?

  11. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    SUV drivers need to DIE. PERIOD.

    YYZ Skinhead

  12. Grumbler Says:

    The SUV that caused the chain collision was a 2005 Toyota 4Runner and the SUV in adjoining lane was a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder. Source:

    However, the good news is that the 2 bikers in critical condition have been upgraded to “good” and “serious” respectively. Source:

  13. DirtyBruin Says:

    YYZ: I’d exempt the (very few) people who actually use them for their original intended purpose – like hauling work crews up muddy back roads. I’m with you on the fashion-obsessed freaks who buy them for “image,” whatever that means. There’s way too many of those morons here in SoCal.

    I say bring back the station wagon (or “estate car” as they call ’em in the UK), kill all the “luxury SUVs” and return the SUV to being a work/offroad vehicle.

  14. Not Surprised Says:

    Rebel, to answer your question: ATF uses white, black, or dark blue SUV’s 90% of the time, they will be either a Ford or General Motors product depending on which gives the Govt the best fleet price at any given time.

    Oddly, it is not uncommon for an entire fleet of vehicles asigned to one office to have consecutively numbered plates. Even the ATF is not imune to DMV “petty officiousness” and unless they have permanent Federal tags (in which case they won’t be used in UC work), the plates genreally expire at the same time.

    The rear windows will usually be very heavily tinted in stark contrast to the rest of the vehicle. This is done to conceal either a tripod mounted camera, or to disallow a pursuing vehicle to easily see into the entire vehcile .

    Gone are those long antennaes, replaced now by a 6-8 inch “pig tail” antennae, microwave for low band transmission since Feds have there on sub frequnecy which does not even show up on citizen owned radios.


    The two drivers of the SUV’s were both females. A 2005 Toyota 4 Runner driven by one LESLIE D SCHULTZ, 26 form Beaverton OR. She is doing Post Graduate work at Oregon State in Education. Wilsonville is about 30 minutes outside Beaverton on I-5. It is a two hour commute to Corvallis, OR where State is so it is likely she lives on Campus and was returning, or the opposite could be true if she was heading INTO Beaverton.

    KAYLA D KNIGHT of Portland aged 31, was in a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder. No personal info on her was readily available.

    Neither driver had pasengers. No charges have been filed, but the investigation has not officially” been closed, though most accidents involving a rear end collision will almost automatically be attributed to following to close, etc. As of this past Sunday, investigators were still conducting field work and interviews.

    At first blush, I’d have to say nothing sinister leaps out at me. No media disclosed these two women’s names. Every report I read either did not mention anything at all or merely said “the names of the two motorists are not available”. Only one photo, used in different newspapers ran. The incident was reprted as far away as New Delhi India and picked up by every major wire service.

    The vehicles they drove are both imports and far beyond the age a Govt agency would allow them to remain in service.

    In the “official” photos I saw, the Toyota was stationery in the far left lane. It had sustained major damage to the left rear quarter of the vehcile (when viewed from behind). It is doubtful the vehicle was moved or driven after impact. It is gun metal grey; the most popular color for that year and make. Of the 5 photos I saw, the Pathfinder could not be seen.

    ORS 814.250 is the State law which allows motorcycles to ride in tandem, side by side, in the same lane. Tight formation has been proven the safest mode of travel for a large group. These were highly experienced riders (an assumption based on most 1% clubs), and their reported speed was not excessive.

    The highly improbable factor of two vehicles braking at the same time blocked any effort to get safely arouond either. There is a heavy wire divider between opposing lanes on that stretch of I 5, and a very short grass median. there simply was nowhere to go.

    Something is definitely very unusual since “light traffic” was reported.

    My sympathies and well wishes to the fallen.

  15. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    Same here, I think people who actually use SUVs for real work should be permitted to use them, but most of the new ShitUrineVomit models aren’t built for any kind of real work. Their shape reminds me of a fat slob lying on his gut with his ass in the air, on wheels. The ads for them appeal to people who want to compensate for their small dicks (“It just LOOKS mean”, “Who’s your daddy”, etc.) It’s the difference between a biker, and a yup driving a $25,000 stock Softail garbage wagon.

    was driving my mom home in her 1986 Toyota Camry down Carson St–one of the major streets in our ‘hood–and some SHITDICK driving an SUV the size of a battleship came out of the CVS parking lot not even looking at the street he was about to enter. I tried desperately to get out of this dumb animal’s way but he was driving faster than I was and he totaled my mom’s car. My mom had to take physical therapy for months. Had we been on a bike we’d both have been splattered all over the asphalt. That didn’t improve my opinion of status-symbol-ShitUrineVomit drivers.

    I miss the old station wagons. My dad was a retired biker (and a peace-time veteran) who could fix practically anything on wheels. He had a 1979 Volvo station wagon and he got at least 20 years out of it doing hard work. I’d like to see anyone driving one of these current-model ShitUrineVomits make that claim 10 years from now.

    Of course, bikers and compact cagers alike get the last laugh at the gas pump.

    YYZ Skinhead

  16. Rebel Says:

    Dear Not Surprised,

    Outstanding! Thank you very much. Very excellent leg work.

    your pal,

  17. Grumbler Says:

    If that young woman in the SUV was doing 70mph on northbound I-5 only to suddenly SLAM on her brakes, am not so sure that the following too close rule is applicable. I personally don’t know of anyone who follows another vehicle at a safe enough distance for sudden brake slammers.

    It could’ve just as easily been a caravan of soccer moms and kids in mini-vans strewn all over I-5.

  18. VTXer Says:

    The eye witness said there was no reason for them to slam on their breaks. How many cages or even semi’s do you see with the full 2 second following distance? Girl needs to be charged with aggravated vehicular assault.

    I have almost been killed by someone like her – cell phone in one hand, latte in the other. I was riding beside this witch for 5 miles, her in the left lane, me in the right. Suddenly, she wants to be where I am. I have nowhere to go – sidewalk on the right, quickly approaching witch on the left. I bounced my wheels off the curb while breaking for my life, and somehow managed to stay upright. That’s when she mouthed “Sorry” to me. Too bad there were so many witnesses or she would have been sorry for real.

    Cagers phuk with us all the time, just for the fun of it. It should be a crime, because it is criminal.

  19. DirtyBruin Says:

    Not Surprised: Ditto Rebel – thanks for the details!

    YYZ: One of the advantages of a station wagon is that a biker has a chance to see over them to the traffic ahead, unlike StupidUglyVehicles. I used to drive a little hatchback, and I had a self-made sign in the rear window that said “Hatchbacks ROCK… SUVs ROLL OVER!” That attracted a lot of rage…. What astonishes me are the people who actually think SUVs are “safe family vehicles.” Uh, NOT!

    And when the fuel prices were at their height a while back – I was filling my own (compact) car and some yutz in a “luxury SUV” was ranting loudly about the gas prices; another fellow filling his Prius said not one word, didn’t even chuckle aloud – just had a grin on his face, and Mr. Yutz started yapping at him. I took a couple steps to get into his line of sight and barked “HEY!” at Yutz, and he backed off. [I’m essentially harmless, but I can work the big-bearded intimidating biker look when I have to.]

  20. sled tramp Says:

    All I knows is when I hit Bambi at 65 and went barreling into oncoming traffic, the ONLY thing my stunned noggin saw was an idjit SUV driver taking his hands off the wheel and covering his eyes (like HE had trouble….. Not wanting to be a hood ornament, I managed to get out of the way. I was lucky to ride out the deer (with my left leg 180 from the knee down) But my flashbacks seem to only concern that moron in the cage.

  21. Grumbler Says:

    Please view the BSMC webpage about this accident:

  22. Not Surprised Says:

    In reference the above website for Brother Speed, there is an address for much needed donations, if so inclined.

  23. sled tramp Says:

    Although originally from Oakland, I’m up a town or two from a Brother Speed chapter here in Orygun.Good guys.If you can, throw a couple bucks their way over the crash.Regardless how you feel about clubs,good, bad or indifferent, it could as easily been you or yours.We all high side sooner or later.And if you haven’t laid in a hospital bed for a few days freaking about money and bills etc….I don’t recommend it.
    It sucks.
    BIG time.

  24. Grumbler Says:

    One of the brothers in that crash died. My deepest
    condolences to his family, friends, and brothers:

  25. Wrench Says:

    R.I.P. Detroit Dave


  26. sled tramp Says:

    Condolences to Brother Speed and your loss.

  27. DirtyBruin Says:

    How awful. My condolences to everyone who knew him.

  28. Not Surprised Says:

    For those interested, the mailing address for sending funds is:

    I 5 Crash Fund
    % Clark Brooker
    PO Box 86301
    Portland, OR 97286

    Personal check, a few bills, money order. I sent a post dated check, even. (Not tooting my horn just giving an option).

    No, I don’t know anyone in this club.

  29. tariff Says:

    Bottom line is, the formation they ride in, is not safe, and I believe it is illegal. Second, just any other motorized conveyance on the street, if a driver rear-ends another motorist, reguardless if the front car slams on the brakes, the party who rear-ends another vehicle is at fault. It is termed “following too closely.”

  30. Rebel Says:

    Dear Tariff,

    You are wrong. Sorry to put it so bluntly, okay. The point of riding in a pack is to make a little vehicle, a bike, into a big vehicle people will see, hear, and process. The point of riding in a tight pack is to keep cars and other vehicles from cutting into the pack.

    There are two schools of thought on where the pack should be. Most guys say it should always be in the far left lane slightly exceeding the speed of the rest of traffic. Other guys, emphasize always leaving yourself an out. So they would put the pack over to the center lane or in some cases over to the right. The Brother Speed Road Captain was obviously trying to give the pack an out –an escape. It sounds like the second SUV took away the out. Could have happened to me or anybody.

    your pal,

  31. sled tramp Says:

    OK, if this bitch was “Tapping the brakes and then applied steady pressure” (Sounds like a fucking DMV manual huh?)and the riders were not following too closely, then how the hell did they get in a wreck?
    Fucking typical bullshit coverup by OSP.A man died and they whitewash this shit.Fuck the cops.

    Breaking News ┬╗
    Investigation finds no fault in fatal Brother Speed motorcycle crash
    By Rick Bella, The Oregonian
    March 04, 2010, 3:12PMOregon State Police have decided against issuing any citations in connection with a bloody Sept. 18 multi-motorcycle pileup on Interstate 5 south of Wilsonville.

    Sgt. Fred Testa, who supervised the investigation, said police uncovered insufficient evidence to accuse anyone of fault in the crash, which killed one member of the Brother Speed Motorcycle Club and critically injured two others.

    Police said the crash occurred around 2:45 p.m., when 26 Idaho motorcyclists were northbound on I-5, riding in a two-column formation behind a Toyota 4Runner SUV that slowed down quickly. The first two motorcycles in the columns maneuvered to avoid the 4Runner, but others following were unable to react in time.

    Then, a second SUV, a Nissan Pathfinder, was struck by one of the motorcycles swerving to avoid the ensuing pileup. Several motorcycles came to rest in the median and shoulders, tangled together.

    Testa said a young woman driving the 4Runner saw traffic ahead of her slowing quickly and tapped on her brakes a couple of times to alert the motorcyclists before applying steady pressure on the pedal to stop.

    “But there was no way she was doing it to cause a crash,” Testa said. “She was not at fault.”

    Testa also said there was no indication that the Brother Speed members were following too closely or were riding in an illegal formation.

    He said northbound traffic apparently slowed because of the “normal” bottleneck that occurs at the Boone Bridge, which crosses the Willamette River at Wilsonville.

    “It was the normal slowing we see there all the time,” Testa said. “The bridge is very narrow and it doesn’t have any shoulders.”

    Killed in the crash was David Bowyer, 44, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, known in the biker community as “Detroit Dave.” Others who were critically injured eventually recovered.

    Eight other motorcyclists needed medical attention.

    Motorcyclists in the crash were members of Brother Speed’s Idaho chapters, making a “run” to Portland to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club’s founding

  32. noone Says:

    Get your info right!


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