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Motorcyclist killed in collision Friday night in downtown Vancouver

Event is second fatal collision in Vancouver in three days

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: March 16, 2024, 6:23pm

A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a pickup truck Friday night in downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver Police Department reported.

The event was the second fatal collision in three days within the city of Vancouver.

Around 10:26 p.m. Friday, a driver of a Dodge pickup truck was traveling west on East 15th Street in downtown Vancouver when the truck was struck by a motorcycle in the intersection of 15th and Main Street.

A male driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle failed to stop for a red light and crashed into the side of the pickup. The force of the collision was so violent that the pickup truck spun 180 degrees.

The motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses estimated the motorcycle was traveling at 70 to 80 mph. The speed limit on Main Street is 20 mph.

Vancouver police said the driver of the truck was cooperative and there were no signs of impairment. An investigation into the collision is ongoing.

Pedestrian killed on Tuesday

At 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, a pedestrian was stuck and killed by a vehicle in the area of Northeast 134th Avenue and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard in the Orchards area. The incident was witnessed by a C-Tran bus driver, who reported seeing a male crossing Fourth Plain not in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by the vehicle.

When emergency personnel searched the area, a deceased male with significant trauma was located in a culvert on the north side of the road.

A few moments later, a male drove up and stated that he had been driving westbound in the right lane of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard, approaching Northeast 131st Avenue, earlier when he struck something with his vehicle. He said he stopped after the incident but was unable to see anything and drove away.

He told investigators that he thought he had struck an animal. The driver was cooperative, and there were no signs of impairment.

The Vancouver Police Department Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. Confirmation of the identity of the deceased male is pending.

Vancouver police reported that these are third and fourth fatality collisions investigated by the department so far in 2024.