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Battle Ground motorcyclist killed in crash

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, Columbian Breaking News Reporter
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A 20-year-old Battle Ground man was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup at the intersection of Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 159th Street near Meadow Glade.
A 20-year-old Battle Ground man was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup at the intersection of Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 159th Street near Meadow Glade. (Clark County Sheriff's Office) Photo Gallery

A Battle Ground man was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle crashed into a pickup near the rural Meadow Glade neighborhood, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash, reported at 7:13 p.m., occurred at the intersection of Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 159th Street.

A CCSO bulletin said Vadim S. Gensitskiy, 20, of Battle Ground was riding south on Northeast 72nd Avenue when an eastbound 2013 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by James A. Spencer, 62, of Battle Ground pulled into his path at Northeast 159th Street.

“Witnesses reported the motorcycle was traveling well in excess of the posted 50 mph speed just prior to the collision, and had passed at least one southbound vehicle just before crashing,” the bulletin said.

The motorcycle caught fire in the crash, the bulletin said. Gensitskiy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said firefighters arrived and extinguished the burning motorcycle, and then they found the driver, who’d already died.

“Our focus was the fire, which was impinging on the scene,” Dawdy said. Dispatch notes did not say whether the firefighters were the first to arrive at the scene of the crash, but Dawdy noted that a CCFR station is close by.

Spencer suffered injures not believed to be life-threatening and was transported to a hospital, the bulletin said.

The crash is being investigated by the CCSO Traffic Unit, the bulletin said. It said no charges have been filed in this incident.

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