2 motorcyclists killed while stunt riding

2 motorcyclists killed while stunt riding
A motorcyclist plunged to his death off a Seattle highway overpass while attempting a stunt Saturday night, only hours after another stunt-riding motorcyclist was killed on a Snohomish County highway.

In the Seattle accident, a 22-year-old Olympia man was attempting stunts on an exit ramp overpass from Interstate 90 to Fourth Street when he lost control of his 2007 Suzuki GSXR10 motorcycle.

He was ejected over the handlebars, then kept going over the railing of the overpass, falling 100 feet to the pavement below.

State troopers responded at about 10:40 p.m. and found the man dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

In the Snohomish County crash, on Saturday afternoon, a 22-year-old Monroe man was performing stunts on his 1998 Honda CBR600 motorcycle while heading east on Highway 522 near the Highway 9 interchange.

He lost control and slammed into the guardrail on the left side of the highway, then came to rest on the highway median.

Troopers responded at about 4 p.m., where they found the man dead at the scene. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash, troopers said. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

No other vehicles were involved in either of the motorcycle crashes.

The fatal motorcycle crashes come only two weeks after a 25-year-old Tukwila man was killed while popping "wheelies" at high speed without a helmet.

According to witnesses, the man was driving up and down 232nd Street on Kent’s Easthill doing "wheelies" at high speed Aug. 16 when he lost control and slammed into a cinder block wall.