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On May 15, 2022 at approximately 6:23 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a motorcycle crash on Hwy 39 at Hwy 50. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray Kawasaki Concours, operated by Ralph Lagoy (47) of Tulelake, CA, was southbound on Hwy 39 and struck a stop sign controlling traffic on Hwy 50. After striking the sign, the motorcycle traveled off the roadway and into a nearby field. 

Lagoy sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. It was determined the crash had occurred earlier in the day and due to the location was not easily observed. 

OSP was assisted by Merrill Fire Department.