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BREAKING NEWS

Two motorcycle accidents, two different counties, two injured riders
June 18, 2018



Chronicle staff

(REGIONAL) – The thing is about motorcycles, they tend to be relentless, unforgiving bone-breakers and skin-rippers when you go down in one in a high speed crash.

They are, history shows, a trip to the nearest hospital waiting to happen.

On Sunday, two riders went down in high-speed bike crashes in two different counties and both riders suffered injuries. Of note: both accidents occurred just minutes apart from each other.

The first one happened in Clallam County about 6:33 pm Sunday night. The state patrol report says a 2007 Suziki DL6 motorcycle was headed northbound on State Route 113 about 11 miles north of Forks, Washington when the bike “passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone,” then failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into a ditch, ejecting and badly injuring the rider who was identified as 32-year old David M. Cook of Astoria, Oregon.

Cook was transported to the Forks Hospital and was then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The patrol report says cause of the crash was “speed too fast for conditions.”

The second motorcycle accident happened just two minutes later at 6:35 pm Sunday night in Clark County. The state patrol report says a blue & white 2005 Harley HXSTI motorcycle was headed northbound on I-205 at the first 112th Avenue Ramp to Mill Plane Blvd., at milepost 28.3 in Vancouver, WA when the rider lost control and – as in the above accident – crashed into a ditch with a similar outcome.

The rider, identified as 49-year old William E. Thacker of Vancouver, Washington was injured and transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. The bike was totaled.

The patrol report says cause of this crash was also, “speed too fast for conditions.”





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