South King Fire and Rescue is on the scene Wednesday morning at Pacific Highway and South 240th Street.

Fatal motorcycle crash closes part of Pacific Highway north of Federal Way


The 65-year-old Des Moines man who died Aug. 23 after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle in the 24000 block of Pacific Highway South has been identified as Jefferson Peter Grogan.

Grogan died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

In a Facebook post about Grogan, his sister made the following comment:

“Please! Please! Please! Be aware of motorcyclists on the road! It is with deep sorrow that I have to say that 65 year Des Moines man who lost his life yesterday morning was my beloved brother Jefferson Peter! He will be missed terribly, to say the least. He is now in God’s loving hands and is now with is loving wife, Karla, their dog Winston and our parents. I miss you Jeffie!”

Original report:

A fatal motorcycle crash Wednesday morning temporarily closed northbound Pacific Highway at South 240th Street near Highline College.

The collision occurred just before 7 a.m. Aug. 23 when the driver of a vehicle struck a motorcyclist while changing lanes, according to Cmdr. Jarod Kasner of the Kent Police Department.

Bystanders were conducting CPR on the motorcyclist in the road when rescue workers arrived, according to South King Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Ryan Herrera. The motorcyclist ­— identified as a 65-year-old Des Moines man — was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

A 61-year-old Auburn man was arrested and faces a vehicular homicide charge, Kasner said. The Kent Police Department is investigating the incident and has applied for a warrant to test the driver’s blood. Lanes were closed for about two hours and drivers redirected.

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