Family of Oregon motorcyclist, 59, who died after being ‘nearly decapitated’ by a thin steel cable strung across a dirt road files $2.3 million lawsuit against the owners of a nearby farm

  • Suit was filed by the family of a 59-year-old Russel L. Davidson of Albany, Oregon
  • No barricades were on the road to prevent the fatal accident on July 8, 2018
  • The thin steel cable caught the motorcyclist’s neck ‘nearly decapitating him’
  • Only warning signs were  ‘four small pale pink ribbons,’ attached to the cable

By RALPH R. ORTEGA FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 12:06 EDT, 30 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:52 EDT, 30 August 2019

The family of an Oregon motorcyclist who died after being ‘nearly decapitated’ when he rode into a steel cable strung across a dirt road has sued the owners of a nearby blueberry farm, demanding more than $2.3 million. 


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The suit filed by the family of 59-year-old Russel L. Davidson claims there were no barricades along the road near Albany, Oregon, when the fatal accident happened on July 8, 2018.

The only warning signs were ‘four small pale pink ribbons,’ that were attached to the cable, reports OregonLive.

Osprey Corner, a Missouri-based company, is named as the defendant in the legal claim.

Russel L. Davidson (above), 59, died after being 'nearly decapitated' when he rode into a steel cable strung across a dirt road has sued the owners of a nearby blueberry farm

Russel L. Davidson (above), 59, died after being ‘nearly decapitated’ when he rode into a steel cable strung across a dirt road has sued the owners of a nearby blueberry farm

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A lawsuit filed by the family of 59-year-old Russel L. Davidson claims there were no barricades along the road near Albany, Oregon, where he died after he rode into a steel cable and was nearly decapitated on July 8, 2018

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‘Defendant knew or should have known that neighbors and others used the dirt roads, and defendant’s decision to place the thin steel cable across the road was willful and wanton, and exhibited a reckless disregard for the safety of others,’ the lawsuit states. 

Davidson, who lives on Folsom Road Southeast nearby, went for a ride on his motorcycle around 8 pm. It’s unclear when he struck the cable.

Family members reported Davidson, a father of three and regular night rider, missing just after 1 a.m., after he failed to return home, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office told the Gazzette Times.

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Deputies found no trace of Davidson after a search of the area. 

His adult son would later came across his father’s dead body on the neighboring property just before 6 am, the sheriff’s office reported.

It is believed Davidson rode along the dirt-and-grass road that accessed the farm as well as other properties, the suit states. The owners of the road failed to post ‘no trespassing’ signs to warn Davidson he was riding on private property.


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When he reached a fork in the road, he steered his motorcycle left and into the cable, according to the suit.

‘The cable caught his neck, nearly decapitating him,’ the lawsuit says. ‘The cable severed his trachea and carotid arteries. He died almost instantly.’  

The suit was filed by Davidson’s daughter, Dixie, on behalf of his estate, in Linn County Circuit Court on Aug. 22.

Attorneys Marilyn Heiken and Derek Johnson, who are representing the family, were not immediately available for comment.

Source: Daily Mail

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