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Kent motorcyclist killed after collision with car in Panther Lake area; medical examiner identifies man | Update

A 56-year-old Kent man died after a car struck his motorcycle Wednesday morning along Southeast 223rd Drive in the Panther Lake area of Kent. - COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police
A 56-year-old Kent man died after a car struck his motorcycle Wednesday morning along Southeast 223rd Drive in the Panther Lake area of Kent.
— image credit: COURTESY PHOTO, Kent Police

A 56-year-old Kent man was killed Wednesday morning after a car collided with his motorcycle at about 6:44 a.m. in the 12200 block of Southeast 223rd Drive in the Panther Lake area.

David Daniel died from injuries suffered in the accident, according to the King County Medical Examier's Office.

Kent Police arrived at the scene within three minutes of the collision and found Daniel suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to a Kent Police media release. Efforts to stabilize Daniel were unsuccessful and he died a short time later.

Preliminary reports indicate that an 18-year-old Kent man, the driver of a 1986 Nissan sports car, crossed the center line of Southeast 223rd Drive as he was entering a curve in the roadway. At the same time a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle was passing through the curve from the opposite direction. The Nissan struck the motorcycle, ejecting the rider and propelling the motorcycle backward. The bike came to rest in the front yard of a neighboring residence.

Both men lived only a few blocks from the accident scene. Police are currently processing the scene for evidence.

“Information collected to this point suggests that the passenger car was being driven well in excess of the posted 25 mph speed limit,” said Kent Assistant Police Chief Pat Lowery.

Investigators worked Wednesday to complete their evidence collection at the scene, as well as inspecting the involved vehicles.

Kent Police arrested the 18-year-old man for investigation of vehicular homicide. The name of the man has not been released pending charges by the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.


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