Aberdeen Man Declared Dead at The Scene of Interstate 5 Accident

An Aberdeen motorcyclist was declared dead at the scene of a traffic accident on Interstate 5 Friday morning. The Pierce County Medical Examiner notified the family of Austin Mullikin later that day.

The Washington State Patrol said that the 22-year-old was following a two-door Mini Cooper too close with his motorcycle on Interstate 5. The two vehicles approached slower traffic near Berkeley street (at milepost 122) around 11:18 am Friday and the 2006 Buell XBR motorcycle collided with the car.

The 45-year-old Olympia woman in the Cooper was not injured. She was wearing a seatbelt and the rider was wearing a helmet when the tragic accident occurred. Both vehicles were damaged, the Cooper was driven from the scene and the bike was impounded.

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The state patrol said the Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in that area were closed for over 4 hours during the investigation.