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CORRECTED: Sheriff's Office deputy injured in motorcycle crash, airlifted to OHSU in critical condition; tips sought (Photo) - 05/05/15
[UPDATE: Corrected spelling of Keizer PD. Apologies.]

Please reference CCSO Case #15-12540

At approximately 2:34 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Motor Unit Deputy Robert Nashif's motorcycle reportedly collided with a Hyundai Santa Fe in the 18000 block of S. Holly Lane in Oregon City.

Deputy Nashif sustained a severe leg injury in the crash, but was reportedly conscious and alert at the scene. Life Flight deployed to the scene and transported him to OHSU's trauma center. At this writing, Deputy Nashif is in surgery and is listed in critical condition.

No one else was injured in the crash. Preliminary findings suggest the Hyundai crossed the center lane on the sharp curve on Holly Lane, colliding with the deputy's motorcycle. The Hyundai's driver, an 18-year-old male from Oregon City, is on-scene cooperating with crash investigators. Three teenage passengers were also in the Hyundai.

First responders at the scene include the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District #1, American Medical Reponse, Oregon State Police and the Clackamas County Roads Department. Oregon State Police will be taking the lead on investigating the crash. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Deputy Nashif joined the Sheriff's Office in October 1998 after serving at the Keizer Police Department from 1995-98. He joined our Motor Unit in autumn 2004.


Witnesses or anyone with additional information on the crash is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office using our Tip Line -- by phone at (503) 723-4949 or online at Please reference CCSO Case #15-12540.

Attached Media Files: Crash-scene photo
UPDATED w/ PHOTOS, B-ROLL VIDEO: New World of Speed museum to welcome Sgt. Damon Coates as first member (Photo) - 04/22/15
UPDATE (Wednesday, April 22, 2015): PHOTOS, B-ROLL VIDEO

Attached are photos from yesterday's event at World of Speed.

Also, here are Dropbox download links to B-roll video (in 720p and 1080p) to cut into newscasts -- including footage of Sgt. Coates, the tour, and Sgt. Coates' restored 1972 Chevy Nova:

720p (307MB):

1080p (4.84GB):

EARLIER (Tuesday, April 21, 2015):

Today (Tuesday, April 21, 2015), World of Speed -- a new non-profit motorsports museum opening in Wilsonville -- will honor Sgt. Damon Coates as its first member.

Sgt. Coates will be at the museum to receive this honor on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 4 p.m. Media outlets are invited to attend.

This event is happening in advance of World of Speed's official opening on Friday, April 24, 2015.

World of Speed selected Sgt. Coates because he is an inspirational first responder who was injured in the line of duty and a true lover of cars.

Damon's 1972 Chevy Nova will be parked at the museum. Damon started restoring this car prior to his injury. The car was finished by members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Car Shops, and local vendors who all came together to volunteer their time on the project.

Sgt. Coates was wounded in the line of duty on January 9, 2003. Damon is an extraordinary individual, supported by his equally extraordinary wife Tammy. The 12 years since the shooting have at times been a fight for survival, but Damon has made incredible, odds-defying progress in therapy since the shooting.

In 2014, Sheriff Roberts wrote in a staff email:

"I'll never forget the entire department turning and giving Damon a standing ovation during our 2013 swearing-in ceremony, and I was deeply moved last September when the entire Coates family met with -- and forgave -- the shooter. [You can read about this extraordinary event here: ] It's a testament to Damon's incredible strength and depth of character. When we dedicated a 'memorial bench' to Damon in May 2007, he was on-hand -- his first visit to the Sheriff's Office in the four years since he was wounded -- and he spoke to the media. His words still resonate. 'It's a dangerous job,' he said of his service with the Sheriff's Office, 'but at the same time, there's a lot of honor.' He also reflected on how far he'd come since 2003: 'I've met some pretty incredible goals thus far.... It's a miracle I'm even here today, just sitting in the sunshine.... I'm trying to remember those good times and letting the bad times go. That's success. I have enough faith in God that I know he's carried me this far for a reason. He's going to carry me further.' This is a clear reminder of how dangerous our job can be. Be safe out there."


World of Speed is a Wilsonville, Ore.-based non-profit motorsports museum opening on April 24, 2015. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed will offer visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the auto-racing world. The museum will showcase up to 100 vehicles, a workshop and a space for educational activities, which will highlight the professional opportunities available in the auto industry. World of Speed's collection is comprised of race and performance cars from various venues, including NASCAR, land speed racing, drag racing, open wheel, sports cars and motorcycles. Several historic racecars are in the collection, including Mickey Thompson's famous record-breaking Assault, Herm Petersen's Northwest Terror and the Gaines Markley/Rob Bruins National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel Championship Car from 1979. For more information, please visit

Sheriff's Office hosts 16th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 21-24; contact PIO for interview opportunities - 04/20/15
The 2015 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit starts Tuesday, April 21 and ends Friday, April 24 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon. For media outlets, interview opportunities are available with experts leading sessions at the Summit; contact PIO Sgt. Nathan Thompson for details.

The Summit was started in 2000 by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. At that time, he was a CCSO detective working child-abuse and child-homicide investigations. He realized they weren't isolated cases -- that instead we were facing a hidden epidemic of violence and abuse.

This led to the founding of the three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference -- designed for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

Last year, over 750 attendees came from across the United States and around the world.

The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team ( ) and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) ( ). The Summit's goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional's knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies' roles and responsibilities.

The conference theme, "The Power of One in Collaboration with Others," continues throughout the Summit as professionals learn new ways to work together to protect and make each child safe in our communities.

Visit for more information -- including session descriptions, speakers and other activities.

Direct links to more info:

Full Summit conference notebook, with detailed session descriptions and more:

"Summit At A Glance" room assignments:

Tuesday, April 21 schedule:

Wednesday, April 22 schedule:

Thursday, April 23 schedule:

Friday, April 24 schedule:

Speaker bios:

Media should contact Sheriff's Office PIO Sgt. Nathan Thompson for interview inquiries.