A Shelton man was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle on Steilacoom Road east of Lacey Wednesday night. Steven E. Strand, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. Strand was riding a 1971 BMW motorcycle westbound on Steilacoom Road near Salmon Lane.
Brett L. Sotak, 39, of Lacey was driving a 1988 Dodge Dakota eastbound on Steilacoom Road. Sotak crossed the double yellow center line into the westbound lane and collided with Strand. State Troopers believe Sotak was driving under the influence of alcohol.
Sotak was placed under arrest for vehicular homicide, and after a blood test was administered he was booked into Thurston County Jail.
This was the first fatality collision in Thurston County in 2011.