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Speed, alcohol likely factors in fatal motorcycle vs. car crash in Brush Prairie area

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: June 2, 2023, 7:23am

Speed and alcohol may have been factors in a crash that killed a motorcycle rider and seriously injured a driver in Brush Prairie on Thursday night, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

About 9:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office, Clark County Fire District 3, the Vancouver Fire Department and American Medical Response were called to the 13900 block of Northeast 172nd Avenue for a report of a crash involving a car and a motorcycle, according to a Friday statement from the sheriff’s office. In that area, 172nd is a two lane rural road with no shoulders. The crash was just south of Hockinson High School.

First responders found a man in a Volkswagen sedan with serious injuries. The driver required extraction and was transported to a local hospital, according to the statement.

“The operator of the motorcycle was not immediately located, but after searching the area, a deceased adult male was located in the nearby brush,” the statement said. The names of the dead person and the driver have not been released.

According to the initial investigation, “the offroad style motorcycle” was southbound on 172nd Avenue when it when it was struck by the northbound Volkswagen and a second passing vehicle. The Volkswagen then struck a power pole.

The sheriff’s office said speed and alcohol may have contributed to the crash.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit is investigating this collision.