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.

More in News

Former Federal Way students speak about alleged video voyeurism scandal

Past basketball player faces voyeurism charges; district conducting its own investigation.

Serving country, serving community

Federal Way veterans, active military talk sacrifices, community service

Federal Way veteran turns 100 on centennial of WWI ending

Man recalls life, Air Force pilot experience

Federal Way Farmers Market co-founder creates community gathering place

Rose Ehl is Mirror’s Citizen of the Month for October.

Former Federal Way basketball player facing voyeurism charges

Detectives filed the case with the King County Prosecutors Office on Friday.

Federal Way police nab armed robbery suspect

A trio of suspects robbed Safeway and fled on foot.

Crime, unsupportive city drives thrift shop out of Federal Way

The Hoarder’s Attic Thrift Shop is moving to Tacoma after lack of police, city response, owners said.

HUD concerned Federal Way has not met requirements for PAEC loan

Housing and Urban Development says city has not met job growth goals since the PAEC has opened.

The team that advocated for I-1631 at downtown Seattle’s Arctic Club on Nov. 6, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Washington rejects carbon fee

I-1631 campaign organizers say they will continue pushing for a cleaner future.

Most Read