A Tacoma man was killed in a crash involving an off-road vehicle at Capitol State Forest in Thurston County.
The Washington State Patrol was investigating the crash, which occurred Saturday afternoon about 2 miles from the Rock Candy Mountain entrance off state Route 8 in Thurston County, according to State Patrol trooper Guy Gill.
The deceased man was one of three occupants who were riding in a four-seat utility task vehicle, also known as a UTV or side by side. After rounding a corner, the UTV went off the roadway and rolled down a 50-foot embankment, Gill said.
The deceased man was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the UTV as it rolled, Gill said. The other two occupants had been wearing seatbelts and were uninjured, Gill said.
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The state patrol is notifying the adult male victim’s next of kin before his identity is released. Investigators have not confirmed whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash, Gill said.