Vancouver woman hurt in motorcycle crash

Rider veers around vehicles at red light, lays his bike down

By Mark Bowder, Columbian Assistant Metro Editor



A Vancouver woman was injured Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger crashed on state Highway 14 east of Washougal, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Penelope J. Holmes, 51, was hurt in the 1 p.m. crash at a traffic light installed as part of a construction project on Highway 14 near Cape Horn. A WSP bulletin said she was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. She was reported in satisfactory condition Saturday evening

The bulletin said Terry A. Rutherford, 53, of Vancouver was driving a 2006 Honda VTX 1800 motorcycle east on the highway when he veered to the right to avoid a line of traffic stopped for the red light and laid the motorcycle down. The motorcycle struck an embankment.

Holmes suffered arm, shoulder and facial injuries. Rutherford was not injured.

The WSP said blamed inattention for the crash and said Rutherford would be cited for speeding.

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