B.G. motorcyclist, critically hurt in collision, dies in hospital

He was one of two riders fatally injured in two days in Clark County

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: May 27, 2011, 8:35 PM

 

Lewis Hoeflein, who was critically injured on May 19 in a collision with a car in the 10400 block of Northeast 199th Street, died Thursday at Southwest Washington Medical Center, family members said.

Hoeflein, 56, of Battle Ground, had been flown to the hospital by a Life Flight helicopter after the 6 p.m. collision in the Meadow Glade area north of Brush Prairie.

He wore a helmet but suffered multiple injuries, officials said.

The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, suffered what appeared to be minor injuries and was taken to a hospital by AMR Northwest ambulance paramedics.

It was a week that would see two riders fatally injured in Clark County.

On the afternoon of May 20, one day after Hoeflein was injured, another motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Washougal River Road about six miles north of Washougal.

Richard Ludden, 60, of Vancouver died of internal injuries, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Ludden was westbound at about 4:20 p.m. when he crashed into a telephone pole on the side of the road. Ludden was riding a 1999 Triumph motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.