Updated on: 4/10/2019
A motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a suspected DUI driver on State Route 510 in Lacey on Tuesday night, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. on SR 510 (Pacific Ave SE) at Rockcress Drive SE.
Police say a 36-year-old Lacey man was heading east on SR 510 in a Mazda as the motorcyclist was heading west on a Yamaha. The Mazda went to turn left and cut in front of the motorcycle, causing the crash. The motorcyclist, a 33-year-old Olympia man, was killed.
The DUI driver had three children in the car at the time of the wreck. One of the children, an 8-year-old boy, suffered injuries. The driver and the other two children were not hurt.
Police say the causing driver was arrested for investigation of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, DUI and three counts of reckless endangerment — one count for each child.
SR 510 at Rockcress Drive SE was closed at the scene for 3.5 hours after the crash for the cleanup and investigation.
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