PORTLAND — The man killed in a motorcycle crash this morning has been identified as Douglas Starbird, 52, of Oxford.

Starbird was driving on Skyway Drive toward Outer Congress Street, headed in the same direction as an Atlas Van Lines moving truck, when he collided with the side of the truck, then hit the pavement.

He was not wearing a helmet, though one would not necessarily have saved him, Portland police said.

Members of the Portland police traffic unit are still trying to determine what contributed to the collision though they say excessive speed does not appear to be a contributing factor.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the crash call them at 874-8532.

The State Police commercial vehicle enforcement unit responded to check out the moving van.


1:58 p.m.

PORTLAND — Portland police say a 52-year-old man was killed when his 2008 Victory motorcycle collided with a 1996 International box truck driven by Scott Morton, 28, of Brunswick.

The crash happened near the intersection of Skyway Drive and Congress Street just before 7 a.m. and backed up traffic on the nearby Maine Turnpike exit ramp. The Maine Turnpike recently lifted its traffic alert for that area.

Police have not released the name of the motoryclist because they have not notified family members. The man was not wearing a helmet, police said.