CONWAY, Skagit County – A Washington State motorcycle trooper who was injured in a collision on Friday evening in Conway, Skagit County, has died, according to the State Patrol.
Sean O’Connell, 38, of Lake Stevens, had been with the patrol for 16 years and had once been named “Trooper of the Year,” according to the WSP. He was assigned to district headquarters in Marysville, was married and had two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, WSP spokesman Keith Leary told King 5.
“He was one of those guys everybody loved,” Leary said. “The community lost a great guy. The state lost a great friend, a great trooper.”
WSP spokesman, Trooper Mark Francis, said O’Connell was near the intersection of Fir Island Road and Greenfield Street at 5:30 p.m. when he was struck by a box truck and thrown from his cycle.
The street has had increased traffic because of detours from the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on May 23 and O’Connell had been checking the length of a back up when the collision occurred, police said.
The driver of the truck, a 49-year-old Mount Vernon man, did not show signs of intoxication and voluntarily agreed to a blood draw, Francis said.
O’Connell was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital where a number of his colleagues and the chief of the WSP gathered to await word of his condition, Francis said. Shortly before 10 p.m., WSP announced at a news conference that O’Donnell had died.
Details about his memorial service are pending.