Motorcyclist Dies After U.S. Highway 12 Crash West of Morton


An Orting motorcyclist died Monday after being ejected from his vehicle about 9 miles west of Morton on U.S. Highway 12, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Darrell S. Holmquist, 56, of Orting, was transported by helicopter to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver after the crash, where he was pronounced dead.

The crash was reported at 9:02 p.m. Monday at milepost 89 of U.S. Highway 12 in Lewis County.

According to the State Patrol, Holmquist, who was driving a black 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was heading west on the highway when he failed to negotiate a “sweeping corner” and went off the road. He was ejected from the motorcycle.

No other vehicles were involved. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.

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