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November 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM
A Seattle police motorcycle officer who was seriously injured in a collision Monday morning in the Sodo neighborhood remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center.
The officer was riding west on South Lander Street at Third Avenue South around 9 a.m. when the driver of a 2011 Subaru Forester made a U-turn in front of him, according to Seattle police said. The impact knocked the motorcycle over, injuring the officer.
A citizen ran over to the injured officer and used the officer’s radio to alert SPD dispatch to the accident, police said.
“His quick-thinking, and calm demeanor alerted officers to the situation and sped up emergency response,” police said in their online blog.
A Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the driver of the Subaru, but found no indications of any impairment, police said.
Police, on Wednesday, said the officer is a 25-year veteran of the force. His name has not been released.
“He’s hurt but the injuries are something he will recover from,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb.
November 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM
The collision that resulted in the death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Sean O’Connell in Skagit County in May was a “tragic accident” caused by multiple factors, according to the State Patrol.“There was no one single cause for this tragedy,” Capt. Charles LeBlanc, commander of the Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division, wrote in a news release. “There was a combination of circumstances that led to a horrific end.”
On May 31, O’Connell was on his motorcycle in Conway, checking the length of a traffic backup on the detour set up around the collapsed Skagit River Bridge. He was riding on the shoulder, outside of the fog line, and attempting to pass a box truck on the right-hand side when the truck made a right turn and hit the trooper, investigators said.
O’Connell, 38, was killed.
Investigators said the driver did not see O’Connell, who was not using his emergency lights and siren at the time of the collision, in keeping with agency training.
LeBlanc said experience has shown that some drivers, upon hearing a siren, make sudden maneuvers to the right. If troopers are forced to pass on the right, they generally turn off their emergency lights and sirens to avoid being hit, according to the State Patrol.
“The reason we have motorcycles is precisely because they can maneuver around traffic,” LeBlanc said. “”Passing on the right is something our troopers are trained to do in the performance of their duties, and like many of our duties, it involves risks.”
A guard rail prevented O’Connell from pulling away from the truck, the State patrol found. After striking the box truck, O’Connell fell underneath it.
“A couple of seconds in time, or a couple of feet either way, and we’d likely have had a very different outcome,” LeBlanc said
The State Patrol said the truck driver agreed to a voluntary blood test for alcohol or drugs, and there is no evidence he was impaired in any way. He cooperated fully in the investigation.
No citations have been issued and no charges are being sought, the State Patrol said.
Thousands attended O’Connell’s June memorial service in Everett. He had been with the patrol for 16 years.
November 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM
A motorcyclist was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for a broken leg after a car ran into him and left the scene, Seattle police report.
About 8:15 p.m. Saturday, the rider was stopped at a red light, facing south on West Marginal Way South, waiting to turn onto South Holden Street. A dark-charcoal-gray vehicle traveling north on West Marginal Way South struck the motorcycle, knocking it over onto the man, breaking his leg, police report.
The vehicle continued to drive north without stopping to provide information or help the injured rider.
Anyone with information on the hit-and-run is asked to call (206) 684-8935.
November 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM
A 44-year-old man died after he lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into a guard rail on the Michigan Street off ramp on southbound Interstate 5 early Sunday.
According to the Washington State Patrol, the man was traveling at a high-rate of speed when he struck the barrier and was thrown from his black 1987 Honda.
The accident happened at 1:20 a.m. The patrol said the off ramp was closed for two-and-a-half hours.
The rider was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident. The King County Medical Examiner is investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved at the time of the accident.
October 5, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Detectives are investigating a collision last night between a Honda CRV and a motorcycle on Lake City Way Northeast near Northeast 95th Street, Seattle police reported.
The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. The 26-year-old man driving the motorcycle was headed northbound on Lake City Way Northeast and the 71-year-old woman driving the Honda was southbound, both approaching Northeast 95th. Their vehicles collided as the Honda driver was making a left turn at the intersection, according to the police report.
The motorcyclist was treated at the scene and then transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The police report said the Honda driver was evaluated by a drug-recognition officer who found no signs of impairment. Police traffic investigators were following up.
Bus service in the area was rerouted temporarily, then restored to normal.
September 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM
A 42-year-old Bothell man was killed early today after he lost control of his motorcycle on a northbound lane of Interstate 5, near the South 320th Street exit in Federal Way, according to the Washington State Patrol.
William Albert Bissell was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the carpool lane at about 4:54 a.m. today when the accident occurred. The state patrol said Bissell was ejected from the motorcycle, and landed on the left shoulder of the interstate.
The accident is still under investigation.
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July 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM
Billings, Mont. (AP) — Two Washington state residents were killed and two others were injured in a motorcycle crash in Eastern Montana.
The Montana Highway Patrol says a 57-year-old man and his 55-year-old female passenger were eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 in Rosebud County Tuesday afternoon when they struck a trailer being pulled by a motorcycle in front of them as the driver slowed down to pull over.
The Billings Gazette reports the victims, both from Ephrata, died at the scene. Their names have not been released.
The 63-year-old driver of the leading motorcycle and his 61-year-old female passenger were taken to the hospital. Both are from Ocean Park, Wash.
The patrol says none of the bikers was wearing a helmet.
June 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM
As many as 150 police cruisers participated Sunday in a motorcade honoring a Washington State Patrol trooper killed in a motorcycle crash last week.
Trooper Sean O’Connell died Friday after his motorcycle collided with a box truck. The 38-year-old had been working traffic control related to a detour established after the collapse of a section of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The motorcade carrying the trooper’s body traveled from Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon to a funeral home in downtown Everett. Firefighters and motorcyclists waving American flags lined overpasses along the way.
O’Connell was a 16-year veteran of the state patrol.
May 23, 2013 at 5:51 AM
TACOMA (AP) — The King County sheriff’s office says a deputy injured in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Monday night has died.
Deputy Martin Duran, 47, died Wednesday night at Tacoma General Hospital, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West.
The News Tribune says Pierce County sheriff’s officers continue to investigate the crash near Frederickson.
West says Duran served in the Army and then became a paramedic and firefighter in New Mexico. He became a deputy for the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico, and in 2004 started working for King County.
September 25, 2012 at 7:17 PM
A 32-year-old motorcyclist from Kent is dead after a collision with a van threw him onto the street Monday night, according to the Kent Police Department. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Richard Eastwood.
At about 10:15 p.m. a 44-year-old man driving a van hit the motorcyclist while starting a left turn into a convenience store lot on the 8400 block of South 212 Street, according to a Kent police news release. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helmet, hit the van’s front bumper and was ejected before landing on the street.
Medics’ efforts to resuscitate the man on scene were unsuccessful.
Police said there were no indications of reckless driving, but they are continuing to investigate the accident.
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