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Motorcyclist killed in crash on East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley

UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Spokane Valley police investigate an apparent fatal crash on East Broadway Avenue on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. A witnesses said a motorcyclist was riding up to 80 mph when he hit a truck hauling a motor home. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane Valley police investigate an apparent fatal crash on East Broadway Avenue on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. A witnesses said a motorcyclist was riding up to 80 mph when he hit a truck hauling a motor home. (Jonathan Glover / The Spokesman-Review)

A motorcyclist speeding down a stretch of East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley died Tuesday morning when he hit a truck hauling a camper trailer.

Spokane Valley police detectives were called to the scene at about 11:35 a.m. near Broadway Avenue and Eastern Road, where a man was seen lying under a blanket. Police confirmed to KHQ the crash was fatal.

Emily Marchand, who works at Rodeway Inn and Suites, said she heard the man zoom by her hotel going “at least 80 mph” west on Broadway, before trying to overtake a westward semitruck. Marchand said the man drove toward the middle lane, but then clipped the eastbound camper’s left side. The semitruck appeared to be uninvolved in the collision.

“Next thing you know I heard a pop,” Marchand said. “I told my boss and we both ran out out. I helped put the sheet on his body.”

Marchand said the man was wearing a helmet, but it flew off during the crash.

Deputies closed the area near Dyer and Eastern for several hours while they investigated.

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