The Washington State Patrol (WSP) says that a female motorcycle passenger was killed in Skagit County Saturday evening after a driver crashed into the motorcycle from behind.
According to reports, 55-year-old Kathleen Mask of Sedro-Woolley was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle just before 6 p.m. Saturday outside Sedro-Woolley. The motorcyclist was stopped on Cook Road and waiting to make a left turn when a 76-year-old man driving a 2001 Honda Accord crashed into the motorcycle from behind.
The injured motorcyclist and passenger were taken to Skagit Valley Hospital in Skagit County to be treated for the injuries they sustained in the collision. As we have discussed in the past, injuries from motorcycle accidents are usually much more severe due to the increased vulnerability of motorcyclists.
At-Fault Driver was Under the Influence
The WSP says the passenger of the motorcycle died from her injuries after arriving at the hospital. The motorcycle driver sustained significant injuries but was treated at the hospital and is expected to recover.
The driver of the Honda was not injured in the accident and was later booked into Skagit County Jail on suspicious of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. A KIROTV.com news report says he was driving under the influence, but did not elaborate on whether it was drugs or alcohol.