Tacoma man killed in motorcycle crash on I-5

Tacoma man killed in motorcycle crash on I-5
The badly damaged motorcycle lies on its side at the crash scene as troopers investigate.
TACOMA, Wash. - A 28-year-old Tacoma man was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed on Interstate 5 in Tacoma on Friday evening.

The cause of the crash was excessive speed, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Troopers responded to the scene, in the northbound lanes of I-5 at the Interstate 705 interchange, at about 6:05 p.m. Friday.

An investigation found that a 2000 Aprilia RSV Mille motorcycle was heading north at high speed when the rider, identified as Brandon A. Butler, 28, of Tacoma, made a lane change from the right to the left and lost control.

The 1,000-cc motorcycle slammed into the concrete barrier and continued sliding along the barrier before crashing into a temporary traffic advisory sign on the left shoulder. The motorcycle came to rest just north of the sign.

Butler was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

This is the fourth motorcycle fatality collision investigated by troopers in the southern Puget Sound region in which high speeds were directly involved, the State Patrol reported.