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Clallam County Woman Killed In Motorcycle Accident On Highway 101
June 22, 2018

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By Rex D. Cain

(PORT ANGELES, WA.) – It’s been a bad month in terms of deaths and serious injuries for motorcycle riders in our state. In fact, many early summer periods like this follow the same pattern in Washington, not unlike a self replicating Mandelbrot.

With good weather and sun more the norm this time of year, strapping a bike between your legs and heading out on the open road is a no brainer. It’s America. Easy rider.

Feel the wind on face and speed at your command. You’re on a thigh-born rocket ship, all systems are go and you are indeed Captain Kirk at the controls. There’s no feeling like it anywhere else.

Until the moment death comes calling. The latest person to die on a motorcycle in this state - at least at this writing, that may change in a split second – is a 19-year old woman from Sequim, Washington. She had her whole life in front of her, as they say.

The end came on Highway 101

The state patrol report says it happened about 5:00 pm yesterday, Friday the 21st on the main drag up in Clallam County, Highway 101 – a stretch of asphalt which has proven over the years to be a piece of hard business that one needs to reckon with, no matter what type of vehicle one is on or in.

The WSP says a black 2016 Harley Davidson XL883 motorcycle was rolling on down 101 westbound at Morse Creek, about three miles east of Port Angeles while a gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup was heading eastbound at the same spot.

For reasons unknown, the motorcycle rider lost control of the bike says the WSP report, crossed the center line and the rider then “laid the bike down” in front of that oncoming Dodge pickup and the pickup “drove over” both motorcycle and rider.

Killed at the scene was the motorcycle rider identified by the WSP as 19-year old Brooke L. Bedinger of Seqium, Washington. The driver of the Dodge pickup, identified as 22-year old Tyler K. Ichalscheck of Port Angeles, Washington was not injured.

The state patrol says drugs and/or alcohol were not factors in the crash. The cause of the crash that day and loss of life was because, says the patrol report, the motorcycle rider crossed “the center line.”

But there’s more. So much more

It was just a few days ago in Maple Valley (King County) that one motorcyclist was killed and another was critically injured in a crash Sunday night the 17th along the Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE (SR 169). 

Also on that same Sunday, two bike riders went down in high-speed bike crashes in two different counties in this state and both riders suffered injuries. Of note: both accidents occurred just minutes apart from each other in those two different counties.

And yesterday the Chronicle had a story about the Washington State Patrol seeking witnesses to a hit and run collision on Wednesday of this week that badly injured a motorcycle rider.

The incident happened about 8:05 am Wed. June 20. The state patrol responded to a report of a collision Southbound on State Route 167, just South of I-405 in the Tukwila area involving a motorcycle.

“Once troopers arrived, they discovered that the motorcycle rider, a 50 year old male from Sammamish, had sustained serious injuries,” said WSP Trooper Rick Johnson.

The motorcycle was traveling SB SR 167 in lane 3 when a blue sedan changed from lane 2 to lane 3 forcing the motorcycle to collide with the jersey barrier and “go down” on the pavement ejecting the rider. The blue sedan never stopped, just kept on driving.

And there’s more than just those incidents. These are the ones we have time to tell you about at the moment. Drive with care. Please.



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