A 24-year-old Puyallup man was killed Saturday on River Road when the motorcycle he was driving hit a car head-on, the Washington State Patrol reported.
Witnesses estimated the motorcycle was traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph before the collision near 78th Avenue East, trooper Guy Gill said.
The motorcyclist was northbound on River Road – state Route 167 – near Puyallup about 12:15 p.m. while the driver of a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina was southbound on River Road. When the driver of the Lumina attempted to turn left onto 78th Avenue East, the motorcycle struck the car, according to the State Patrol.
The State Patrol said the cause of the accident was excessive speed. The driver of the motorcycle was thrown 440 feet and was dead at the scene, Gill said. His name was not released Saturday because family members had not been notified. The motorcyclist, who was driving a 2009 Suzuki GSXR10, was wearing a helmet.
The 28-year-old driver of the Lumina was treated and released at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. His vehicle was totaled.