ABERDEEN, Wash. - A motorcycle rider that died Sunday evening on second street has been identified as 43 year old Robert James Jenkins of Aberdeen.
Police Captain John Green tells us a Ford Explorer was turning into a driveway when the Harley Davidson apparently tried to pass him on the right and the two collided. The rider was taken to Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the Explorer was not injured, speed and alcohol appear to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.
Green said they were called to the scene at about 6:53 Sunday night. The initial investigation indicates a 54 year old Aberdeen man was driving his white 1994 Ford Explorer westbound on W. 2nd St. At the same time, a 43 year old Aberdeen man was riding his black 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle also westbound on W. 2nd St.
As the vehicle began slowing to make a right turn into the driveway of his residence, the motorcyclist accelerated and began making a pass on the right. The vehicle driver was unaware of the passing motorcycle, and as he began the turn the two collided.
The motorcycle continued westbound from the point of impact, striking a neighbors fence and coming to rest just off the sidewalk. The motorcyclist separated from the bike, striking the fence. The motorcyclist sustained severe injuries, and he was transported to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital by AFD were he was deceased. The vehicle driver was not injured in the collision, and he is cooperating with the police investigation.
Multiple witnesses and preliminary scene investigation indicate that speed and alcohol (related to the motorcycle) were possibly contributing factors to this collision. Toxicology testing are still pending.
Investigators from the APD Collision Investigation Team conducted the investigation, assisted by Sgt. Joe Strong of the Hoquiam Police Department. The roadway remained closed until nearly 1:00 AM for this investigation.