April 11, 2010 in City, Region

Motorcyclist killed

Identity of Spokane man not released
By The Spokesman-Review

A 35-year-old Spokane man is dead after crashing his motorcycle in the area of Geiger Blvd. and Electric, but the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is not sure when the crash occurred.

The man will not be identified until an autopsy is completed, said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

A man walked into an all night truck stop to have an empolyee call police just after 3 a.m. today to report that he had seen a man and a motorcycle in the ditch nearby. The man told the truck stop employee that he was wanted on a warrant and left before police arrived, Reagan said.

Sheriff’s Deputies arrived to find a 1983 Yamaha with a man lying about 15 feet away, Reagan said. The crash had likely occurred some time earlier because the motorcycle’s engine was cold, but the motorcycle had been seen by witnesses at a tavern on Highway 2 Saturday night.

It appears that the motorcyclist failed to make a curve on Gieger and hit a metal post and speed sign before sliding and tumbling more than 100 feet, Reagan said. The rider was wearing a helmet. Speed and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, he said.

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