Sweet Home man arrested after fatal motorcycle crash

Sweet Home police arrested a Sweet Home man on Friday in connection to a fatal motorcycle crash on Foster Dam on Sept. 24.

Police arrested Bobby Ray Hancock, 40, at about 3:15 p.m. at his residence, 1355 56th Ave., for criminally negligent homicide, second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and tampering with physical evidence.

He was transported to Linn County Jail and released on bail.

Hancock was injured in the motorcycle crash and transported by REACH air ambulance to Samaritan Regional Medical Center for treatment following the crash. Victoria Sophia Richards, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A caller had reported a motorcycle and debris on the roadway, but no victims were found.

Officers and paramedics arriving at the scene searched and located the two on the west face of Foster Dam, near the access road at the bottom. The motorcycle was leaning against the east guardrail.

During the investigation, police learned that the motorcycle was southbound on Foster Dam Road, and evidence indicates that Hancock had been driving, said Police Chief Bob Burford. The motorcycle struck the west guardrail and crashed.

Both Hancock and Richards remained on the roadway, Burford said. The medical examiner told police that Richards would have died instantly in the crash.

It was some time before the accident was discovered, Burford said. “During that time, the motorcycle was moved and leaned up against the guardrail on the east side of the roadway, and the body of the deceased victim was moved over the guardrail down the embankment.”