The State Patrol said that a motorcyclist has died as a result of a crash with a car on southbound Interstate 5 just north of S. 200th Street near SeaTac Friday afternoon. The man has been identified as 60-year-old Michael P. Donahue of Federal Way. He died shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.
Donahue was riding a 2007 Yamaha XVS65A in the middle lane when he switched to the third lane behind a 1985 Buick LeSabre. The car apparently slowed or stopped and the motorcycle slammed into it. Donahue was transported with injuries to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was wearing a helmet. The 35-year-old Seattle man driving the Buick was not injured in the collision and was wearing a seat belt. He was able to drive the car from the scene.
Neither drugs or alcohol are suspected in the accident which is under investigation. The Patrol said no charges were pending at this time.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reported that collision had blocked the four right lanes of the freeway. Drivers used the HOV lane to get around the crash and the traffic back-up reached approximately 6.5 miles to the Boeing Access Road. The lanes were reopened to drivers about an hour later.
The Washington State Patrol, fire, aid and WSDOT Incident Response were all dispatched to the scene.