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November 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM
A motorcyclist was severely injured at 10:15 p.m. Saturday when he collided head-on with a Toyota making a left turn on Northeast 50th Street.
The motorcycle was traveling west when it collided with the car at the University Way Northeast intersection. The rider slid under the car, sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to Seattle police.
The rider was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
A drug-recognition officer evaluated the driver of the Toyota and found no signs of impairment, police said. Police are continuing to investigate the accident.
November 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM
UPDATE : 1:07 p.m. | A Seattle police motorcycle officer was seriously injured in a collision this morning in the Sodo neighborhood.
Just before 9 a.m., the officer was riding west on South Lander Street at Third Avenue South when the driver of a 2011 Subaru Forester made a U-turn in front of him, 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 wrote in the department’s online blog.
Fire department medics treated the officer at the scene before taking him to Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
A Drug Recognition Expert officer evaluated the driver of the Subaru, but found no indications of any impairment, police said.
UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.| The motorcycle police officer in this collision suffered serious injuries, according to a tweet from the Seattle Police Department.
Previous post:| A Seattle police officer was injured shortly before 9 a.m. today when his motorcycle and a car collided in the SoDo area.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the officer was thrown about 10 to 15 feet after the collision at Fourth Avenue South and South Lander Street.
The officer, a 57-year-old man, suffered a fracture, Moore said. He was reported alert and oriented and was being taken to Harborview Medical Center.
September 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM
The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
A trooper’s radar clocked a motorcycle going 130 miles per hour before the cycle crashed just before 2 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 205 in southeast Portland.
Oregon State Police said the motorcycle rider, 52-year-old Toby Olsen, was racing a 2004 Honda motorcycle northbound on I-205 and pulled up alongside a trooper at approximately Powell Boulevard.
Olsen then accelerated rapidly away from the trooper, who locked in a radar speed of more than 130 miles per hour. The trooper did not pursue the motorcycle rider, but watched and broadcast information when he saw the motorcycle crash under the Stark Street overpass.
The motorcycle rider rear-ended a Lexus SUV driven by a 78-year-old Amelia Alvarez. Although the Lexus sustained significant damage from the collision, Alvarez was uninjured.
Olsen was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and was reported in critical condition at mid-morning, troopers said.
KOIN-TV reports the man’s blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit. Troopers confirmed alcohol was a factor in the incident, along with speeding.
All northbound lanes of the freeway were closed during the investigation. The freeway reopened about 4 a.m.
September 6, 2013 at 1:43 PM
A Tenino motorcyclist who was struck by lightning on Interstate 5 during a rainstorm Thursday morning was released from Harborview Medical Center today, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg says.
The 59-year-old man, who has not been identified, was riding along the freeway near Chehalis when he was hit by the bolt of lightning.
Martin Zapalac and his wife were driving behind the motorcyclist and saw the lightning strike. Zapalac said that they saw the man drive onto the shoulder and collapse. When the motorcyclist pulled off his helmet, the hair on the right side of his head was singed and his ear appeared blackened.
The motorcyclist was in the intensive-care unit at the Seattle trauma center this morning, Gregg said.
September 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM
A motorcycle rider was fatally injured when he hit a barrier on Highway 509 near Dash Point State Park in the Tacoma area about 5:30 p.m. Monday.
State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said the victim, an adult male, did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license.
Gill said excessive speed and passing in a no-passing area contributed to the incident.
Traffic was diverted off the highway for the investigation.
July 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM
A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car early Friday morning in West Seattle, police said.
Around 3 a.m., a 62-year-old man on a Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling west on Southwest Oregon Street was struck at the intersection by a Jeep Liberty northbound on California Avenue Southwest. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
The car driver had no signs of impairment, police said.
July 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM
WENATCHEE (AP) — The Chelan County sheriff’s office says a motorcycle rider was killed in a collision with a deer.
Terry Cutright of East Wenatchee was riding a Harley Davidson with his wife Saturday on the Entiat River Road when a deer ran in front of them.
Both were thrown from the cycle in the crash. Terry Cutright was taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where he died. Velma Curtright suffered only minor injuries.
June 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM
A Lynwood man died Sunday morning after his motorcycle struck a deer on a highway in north central Oregon.
Oregon State Police say Randall L. Upshaw, 63, died sometime between 7 a.m. and 7:56 a.m. yesterday. A passing motorist found Upshaw’s downed 2005 Honda motorcycle, a dead deer, and the victim lying along the highway. Upshaw died at the scene.
Police said the accident happened near Spray, Ore. on Highway 19 near milepost 89. They said Upshaw was wearing a helmet.
While it’s not known what happened in this accident, OSP, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have issued a statement urging drivers to be extra vigilant and stay aware of the possible dangers of animals on or near highways.
- Be attentive at all times, especially sunset to sunrise for any potential hazard on or near the highway.
- When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
- Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
- Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
- When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
May 26, 2013 at 7:59 PM
A 24-year-old man died early Sunday evening after the motorcycle he was driving crashed on Highway 526 in Everett, police said.
The motorcyclist was among a group of three motorcyle riders who were traveling east on the highway between Seaway Boulevard and Airport Road about 6:22 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to a statement by Everett Police. He sustained fatal injuries.
Police said the man appeared to be speeding at the time of the crash.
Police have not released the victim’s name but said he has an Everett adress.
The two other motorcyclists are being interviewed by police.
May 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM
The Associated Press
LAPINE, Ore. — A Medina man has a hefty speeding ticket to pay after getting clocked at 130 mph on his new motorcycle in central Oregon.
Sixty-one-year-old Gregory Zaser told the trooper who pulled him over Monday that he’d just purchased the Ducati bike and wanted to see what it could do.
The ticket for going 130 mph in a 55 mph zone is $1,103 — that’s the automatic fine for going more than 100 mph in Oregon. Oregon State Police Lt. Steve Mitchell says Zaser could also have his license suspended.
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